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Definition of Family


  1. 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.
  2. The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society.
  3. 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.
  4. Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage.
  5. Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of family.
  6. A group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a family of languages; a family of States; the chlorine family.
  7. 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.
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Family Translations

family in Afrikaans is familie, gesin
family in Danish is familie
family in Dutch is gezin, huisgezin, huis, familie
family in Finnish is perhe
family in French is famille
family in German is Rechnerfamilie, Familie
family in Italian is famiglia
family in Latin is familia
family in Norwegian is familie
family in Spanish is familia