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Definition of Family:

  1. A group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a family of languages; a family of States; the chlorine family.
  2. A group of organisms, either animal or vegetable, related by certain points of resemblance in structure or development, more comprehensive than a genus, because it is usually based on fewer or less pronounced points of likeness. In zoology a family is less comprehesive than an order; in botany it is often considered the same thing as an order.
  3. Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage.
  4. Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of family.
  5. The collective body of persons who live in one house, and under one head or manager; a household, including parents, children, and servants, and, as the case may be, lodgers or boarders.
  6. The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society.
  7. Those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe, clan, or race; kindred; house; as, the human family; the family of Abraham; the father of a family.

Synonyms:

habitation, nursing home, family line, homely, sept, bracket, division, birth, company, illegitimacy, year, course, charge, tier, base, clanswoman, alliance, dwelling house, ancestry, rest home, commune, course of study, gang, family unit, colony, blood relation, rabble, dwelling, home base, kinsfolk, sign of the zodiac, syndicate, plate, extraction, theater, ring, descent, eldest, the Brady Bunch, companionship, fellowship, harem, close, pool, kindred, socio-economic class, relationship, rout, phratry, precede, theatre, origin, course of instruction, coterie, domicile, place, social class, mansion, distant, black sheep, the elder, genealogy, league, stratum, legitimate, menage, mob, sign, kinship group, kinsperson, seed, illegitimate, consortium, rubric, elder, familial, folk music, kin group, crime syndicate, star sign, tribe, parentage, firm, planetary house, house, pack, ethnic music, filial, affinity, generic, pedigree, group, business firm, abode, bloodline, home plate, common people, dependent, subspecies, direct, folks, clansman.

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