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familism a type of social structure that emphasizes the needs and desires of the entire family unit as opposed to those of the individual members.
family a group consisting of parents and their children. [8 definitions]
family man a man who is devoted to his wife and children.
family name a person's last name, as opposed to his or her given name; surname.
family planning a program designed to limit the size of a household by properly spacing or preventing the birth of children.
family room a large room in which a family usu. gathers for recreation, conversation, relaxation, and the like.
family style using or pertaining to a method of serving food, as in a boardinghouse or some restaurants, in which dishes are passed from one person to another and each helps himself or herself. [2 definitions]
family tree a diagram or chart tracing the ancestors and descendants of an individual or individuals collectively; genealogical tree. [2 definitions]
famine an extreme and widespread shortage of food.
famish to cause to suffer from severe hunger. [2 definitions]
famished suffering from extreme hunger; starved. [2 definitions]
famous having widespread recognition or public esteem; renowned. [2 definitions]
fan1 a hand-held device that opens out to form a triangular shape and that is used to cool the face or body by waving back and forth. [7 definitions]
fan2 an enthusiastic follower of an activity such as a sport or a performing art or of a person or persons who engage in that activity.
fanatic one who has excessive and uncritical zeal or devotion to a principle, cause, religion, leader, or the like. [2 definitions]
fanatical driven by or springing from excessive and uncritical zeal.
fanaticism excessive or unreasonable enthusiasm or support for something.
fan belt in an automobile engine, a rubber belt stretched firmly around the crankshaft, which transfers torque to another shaft located on the cooling fan.
fancied invented or dreamed up; existing in fantasy; imaginary.
fancier a devotee of some thing or pursuit. [2 definitions]
fanciful exhibiting use of the imagination; whimsical or imaginative. [3 definitions]