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family

fam·i·ly

family

 
pronunciation:
fae mih li [or] faem li
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part of speech: noun
inflections: families
definition 1: a group made up of a parent or parents and their children.
I am the youngest girl in our family, but I have a younger brother.
 
synonyms:
folk
similar words:
clan, house, household, kin
definition 2: all those related by blood.
He could trace his family back over two hundred years.We will visit family on Thanksgiving.
synonyms:
kin, people, relations
similar words:
ancestors, clan, descendants, folk, offspring, relatives
definition 3: any group living together as if they were related by blood.
At college, my friends became my family.
synonyms:
house, household
similar words:
clan, folk, people
definition 4: any group of things related in what they look like, do, or where they come from.
French, Spanish, and Italian are all part of the same family of languages.
synonyms:
category, class, genus, group
similar words:
kind, order, type
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conventionally associated with family
some descriptions of families
some members of a family
some people associated with families