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Definitions and Synonyms of family | Another word for family | What is family?

Definition 1: primary social group; parents and children - [noun denoting group]

Samples where family or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he wanted to have a good job before starting a family

Synonyms for family in the sense of this definition

(family is a kind of ...) group of people related by blood or marriage

(... is a kind of family ) a pair of people who live together

"a married couple from Chicago"

(... is a kind of family ) two people who are married to each other

"his second marriage was happier than the first" "a married couple without love"

(... is an instance of family) a 19th century family of three sisters who all wrote novels

(... is an instance of family) a family of United States comedians consisting of four brothers with an anarchic sense of humor

(family is a member of ...) a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age

"they had three children" "they were able to send their kids to college"

(family is a member of ...) a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian

(family is a member of ...) a person's brother or sister

Definition 2: people descended from a common ancestor - [noun denoting group]

Samples where family or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower

Synonyms for family in the sense of this definition

(family is a kind of ...) the descendants of one individual

"his entire lineage has been warriors"

(... is a kind of family ) members of a family line

"his people have been farmers for generations" "are your people still alive?"

(... is a kind of family ) the people of your home locality (especially your own family)

"he wrote his homefolk every day"

(... is a kind of family ) aristocratic family line

"the House of York"

(... is a kind of family ) a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family

(... is a kind of family ) family based on male descent

"he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name"

Definition 3: a social unit living together - [noun denoting group]

Samples where family or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he moved his family to Virginia
  • It was a good Christian household
  • I waited until the whole house was asleep
  • the teacher asked how many people made up his home
  • the family refused to accept his will

Synonyms for family in the sense of this definition

(family is a kind of ...) an organization regarded as part of a larger social group

"the coach said the offensive unit did a good job" "after the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit"

(... is a kind of family ) a family in which the parents have separated or divorced

(... is a kind of family ) a family consisting of parents and their children and grandparents of a marital partner

(... is a kind of family ) a family consisting of the nuclear family and their blood relatives

(... is a kind of family ) the family of a fosterling

(... is a kind of family ) a household in which an orphaned or delinquent child is placed (usually by a social-service agency)

(... is a kind of family ) household for three; an arrangement where a married couple and a lover of one of them live together while sharing sexual relations

Definition 4: (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera - [noun denoting group]

Samples where family or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sharks belong to the fish family

(family is a kind of ...) animal or plant group having natural relations

(... is a kind of family ) families of ferns and fern allies

(... is a kind of family ) a family of coelenterates

(... is a kind of family ) a family of ctenophores

(... is a kind of family ) a family of worms

(... is a kind of family ) a family of mollusks

(... is a kind of family ) a family of insects of the order Mecoptera

(... is a kind of family ) a family of predacious tropical insects of the order Mecoptera

(... is a kind of family ) a family of echinoderms

(... is a kind of family ) (biology) an artificial taxonomic category for organisms of which the true relationships are obscure

(... is a kind of family ) a family of mosses

(... is a kind of family ) family of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed

(... is a kind of family ) family of flowering plants having two cotyledons (embryonic leaves) in the seed which usually appear at germination

(... is a kind of family ) includes lichen families

(... is a kind of family ) a family of plants

(... is a kind of family ) a family of mammals

(... is a kind of family ) any of the arthropods

(... is a kind of family ) a family of bacteria

(... is a kind of family ) a family of threadlike RNA viruses that cause diseases in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys and chimpanzees)

(... is a kind of family ) any of the families of Protoctista

(... is a kind of family ) a large family of endoparasitic amebas that invade the digestive tract

(... is a kind of family ) any of various families of fish

(... is a kind of family ) any family in the phylum Chordata

(... is a kind of family ) a family of warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings

(... is a kind of family ) any family of amphibians

(... is a kind of family ) a family of reptiles

(family is a member of ...) a family of arboviruses carried by arthropods

(family is a member of ...) a family of arboviruses carried by arthropods

(family is a member of ...) a family of arborviruses carried by arthropods

(family is a member of ...) a family of arborviruses carried by arthropods

(family is a member of ...) (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more species

(family is a member of ...) (biology) a taxonomic category between a genus and a subfamily

(family is a member of ...) (biology) a taxonomic category below a family

(family is a member of ...) a family of arboviruses carried by arthropods

(family is a member of ...) a large family of arboviruses that affect a wide range of hosts (mainly vertebrates and arthropods)

(... is a member of family) (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families

(family belongs to category ...) the science that studies living organisms

Definition 5: a collection of things sharing a common attribute - [noun denoting group]

Samples where family or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there are two classes of detergents

Synonyms for family in the sense of this definition

(family is a kind of ...) several things grouped together or considered as a whole

(... is a kind of family ) (grammar) a category of words having the same grammatical properties

(... is a kind of family ) a family of fifty or more genes on the sixth human chromosome that code for proteins on the surfaces of cells and that play a role in the immune response

(... is a kind of family ) a class of one kind of unit in a system of numbers or measures or weights or money

"he flashed a fistful of bills of large denominations"

(... is a kind of family ) a class of verbs having the same inflectional forms

(... is a kind of family ) a class of nouns or pronouns or adjectives in Indo-European languages having the same (or very similar) inflectional forms

"the first declension in Latin"

(... is a kind of family ) either of the two categories (male or female) into which most organisms are divided

"the war between the sexes"

(... is a kind of family ) a type or class

"more men of his stamp are needed"

(... is a kind of family ) (music) the family of woodwind instruments

(... is a kind of family ) (music) the family of bowed stringed instruments

(... is a kind of family ) (music) the family of brass instruments

(... is a kind of family ) the class of all items that can be substituted into the same position (or slot) in a grammatical sentence (are in paradigmatic relation with one another)

(family is a member of ...) (biology) a taxonomic group ranking between a phylum and below a class or subclass

Definition 6: an association of people who share common beliefs or activities - [noun denoting group]

Samples where family or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family
  • the church welcomed new members into its fellowship

Synonyms for family in the sense of this definition

(family is a kind of ...) a formal organization of people or groups of people

"he joined the Modern Language Association"

(... is a kind of family ) Christian fellowship or communion with God or with fellow Christians; said in particular of the early Christian community

Definition 7: a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities - [noun denoting group]

Synonyms for family in the sense of this definition

(family is a kind of ...) underworld organizations

(... is a kind of family ) a crime syndicate in the United States; organized in families; believed to have important relations to the Sicilian Mafia

Definition 8: a person having kinship with another or others - [noun denoting person]

Samples where family or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he's kin
  • he's family

Synonyms for family in the sense of this definition

(family is a kind of ...) a person related by blood or marriage

"police are searching for relatives of the deceased" "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"

(... is a kind of family ) (anthropology) kin by marriage

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