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Noun: family  fa-mu-lee
  1. A social unit living together
    "he moved his family to Virginia";
    - household, house, home, ménage
     
  2. Primary social group; parents and children
    "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family";
    - family unit
     
  3. A collection of things sharing a common attribute
    "there are two families of detergents";
    - class, category
     
  4. People descended from a common ancestor; used especially of the ancient clans of Ireland
    "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower";
    - family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry
     
  5. A person having kinship with another or others
    "he's family";
    - kin, kinsperson
     
  6. (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera
    "sharks belong to the fish family"
     
  7. A loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
    - syndicate, crime syndicate, mob
     
  8. An association of people who share common beliefs or activities
    "the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family";
    - fellowship

Derived forms: families

Type of: accumulation, aggregation, ancestry, assemblage, association, blood, blood line, bloodline, clan, collection, descent, flesh and blood, gangdom, gangland, kin, kin group, kindred, kinship group, line, line of descent, lineage, organised crime [Brit], organized crime, origin, parentage, pedigree, relation, relative, social unit, stemma, stock, taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group, tribe, unit

Part of: order

Encyclopedia: Family, friends, and fools