family


family
/ˈfæməli / (say 'famuhlee), /ˈfæmli / (say 'famlee)

noun (plural families)
1. parents and their children, whether dwelling together or not.
2. one's children collectively.
3. any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins.
4. all those persons descended from a common progenitor.
5. descent, especially good or noble descent: young men of family.
6. a group of persons who form a household and who regard themselves as having familial ties.
7. the staff, or body of assistance, of an official.
8. Obsolete Colloquial the criminal fraternity.
9. US an independent unit of the Mafia.
10. Biology the usual major subdivision of an order or suborder, commonly comprising several genera, as Equidae (horses), Formicidae (ants), Orchidaceae (orchids). Names of animal families end in -idae, of plant families in -aceae.
11. any group of related things.
12. (in the classification of languages) a number of languages all of which are more closely related to each other than any of them are to any language outside the group, usually a major grouping admitting of subdivisions: English is of the Indo-European family.
adjective
13. of, relating to, or used by a family: the family car; a family pack.
14. common to members of the same family: the family chin.
15. (of a film, television program, etc.) of a type suitable in subject matter and moral tone for all members of the family to see.
phrase
16. in the family way, Colloquial pregnant.
{Middle English familie, from Latin familia the servants of a household, household, family}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Family — • In the classical Roman period the familia rarely included the parents or the children. Its English derivative was frequently used in former times to describe all the persons of the domestic circle, parents, children, and servants. Present usage …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Family 13 — Family 13, also known Ferrar Group ( f 13, von Soden calls the group Ii), is a group of Greek Gospel manuscripts, varying in date from the 11th to the 15th century, which display a distinctive pattern of variant readings especially in placing the …   Wikipedia

  • Family — Fam i*ly, n.; pl. {Families}. [L. familia, fr. famulus servant; akin to Oscan famel servant, cf. faamat he dwells, Skr. dh[=a]man house, fr. dh[=a]to set, make, do: cf. F. famille. Cf. {Do}, v. t., {Doom}, {Fact}, {Feat}.] 1. The collective body… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Family — Жанры прогрессив рок блюз рок психоделический рок хард рок Годы 1967 1973 …   Википедия

  • Family — (engl. für „Familie“) war eine experimentierfreudige und schwer zu kategorisierende britische Rock Band um den Sänger Roger Chapman. Mit ihrer ungewöhnlichen Mischung aus wilder Bühnenpräsenz und musikalischer Feinsinnigkeit erwarb sich die Band… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Family 5 — Family Five (auch Family *5) wurde als deutschsprachige Band von Xao Seffcheque (Die Post, Die Pest, Der Rest, O.R.A.V.) und Peter Hein (Charley’s Girls, Mittagspause, Fehlfarben) 1981 in Düsseldorf als „Soul Punk“ Gruppe gegründet. Ursprünglich… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • family — fam·i·ly / fam lē, fa mə / n pl lies 1: a group of individuals related by blood, marriage, or adoption 2: a group of usu. related individuals who live together under common household authority and esp. who have reciprocal duties to each other ◇… …   Law dictionary

  • family — [fam′ə lē, fam′lē] n. pl. families [ME familie < L familia, household establishment, akin to famulus, servant < ? IE * dhe mo , house (< base * dhē : see DO1) > Sans dhāman, household] 1. Obs. all the people living in the same house;… …   English World dictionary

  • Family 1 — is a group of the Greek Gospel manuscripts, varying in date from the 12th to the 15th century. The group takes its name from the minuscule codex 1, now in Basel. Family 1 is also kown as the Lake Group , symbolized as f 1. Hermann von Soden calls …   Wikipedia

  • family — (n.) c.1400, servants of a household, from L. familia family servants, domestics; also members of a household, including relatives and servants, from famulus servant, of unknown origin. Ancestral sense is from early 15c.; household sense recorded …   Etymology dictionary

  • Family *5 — Family Five (auch Family *5) wurde als deutschsprachige Band von Xao Seffcheque (Die Post, Die Pest, Der Rest, O.R.A.V.) und Peter Hein (Charley’s Girls, Mittagspause, Fehlfarben) 1981 in Düsseldorf als „Soul Punk“ Gruppe gegründet. Ursprünglich… …   Deutsch Wikipedia