a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not: the traditional family.
a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for: a single-parent family.
the children of one person or one couple collectively: We want a large family.
Definition of family (continued)
the spouse and children of one person: We’re taking the family on vacation next week.
any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins: to marry into a socially prominent family.
all those persons considered as descendants of a common progenitor.
Chiefly British . approved lineage, especially noble, titled, famous, or wealthy ancestry: young men of family.
a group of persons who form a household under one head, including parents, children, and servants.
the staff, or body of assistants, of an official: the office family.
a group of related things or people: the family of romantic poets; the halogen family of elements.
a group of people who are generally not blood relations but who share common attitudes, interests, or goals and, frequently, live together: Many hippie communes of the sixties regarded themselves as families.
a group of products or product models made by the same manufacturer or producer.
Biology . the usual major subdivision of an order or suborder in the classification of plants, animals, fungi, etc., usually consisting of several genera.
Slang . a unit of the Mafia or Cosa Nostra operating in one area under a local leader.
Linguistics . the largest category into which languages related by common origin can be classified with certainty: Indo-European, Sino-Tibetan, and Austronesian are the most widely spoken families of languages. Compare stock (def 12) , subfamily (def 2) .
a given class of solutions of the same basic equation, differing from one another only by the different values assigned to the constants in the equation.
a class of functions or the like defined by an expression containing a parameter.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a family: a family trait.
belonging to or used by a family: a family automobile; a family room.
suitable or appropriate for adults and children: a family amusement park.
not containing obscene language: a family newspaper.