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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
family (noun)
1.
a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head - household
2.
a) a group of persons of ancestry - common clan
b) a people or group of peoples regarded as deriving from a common stock - race
3.
a) a group of people united by certain convictions or a common - affiliation fellowship
b) the staff of a high official (as the President)
4.
a group of things related by common characteristics as
a) a closely related series of elements or chemical compounds
b) a group of soils with similar chemical and physical properties (as texture, pH, and mineral content) that comprise a category ranking above the series and below the subgroup in soil - classification
c) a group of related languages descended from a single ancestral language
5.
a) the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children , also any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family - a single-parent family
b) spouse and children - want to spend more time with my family
6.
a) a group of plants or animals forming a category ranking above a genus and below an order and usually comprising several to many genera - related
b) in livestock breeding
(1) the or line of a particular individual especially of some outstanding female - descendants
(2) an identifiable strain within a breed
7.
a set of curves or surfaces whose equations differ only in parameters
8.
a unit of a crime syndicate (as the Mafia) operating within a geographical area
family (adjective)
1.
of or relating to a family - (see family)
2.
designed or suitable for both children and adults - family restaurants family movies
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
family (noun)
1.
a group of persons who come from the same ancestor
SYNONIMS:
blood, clan, folks, house, kin, kindred, kinfolk ( kinfolks), kinsfolk, line, lineage, people, race, stock, tribe
RELATED WORDS:
blended family, nuclear family; extended family, household, kith; brood; descendant ( descendent), issue, offspring, progeny, scion, seed; clansman, kinsman, kinswoman, relative; dynasty
NEAR ANTONYMS:
ancestry, birth, descent, extraction, origin, pedigree
family (noun)
2.
one of the units into which a whole is divided on the basis of a common characteristic
SYNONIMS:
bracket, category, classification, division, family, genus, grade, group, kind, league, order, rank(s), rubric, set, species, tier, type
RELATED WORDS:
description, feather, ilk, kidney, like, manner, nature, sort; branch, section, speciality, specialty, subclass, subdivision, subgroup, subspecies, variety; breed, race; generation; heading, label, title
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