1. [ noun ] (housing) a social unit living together
Synonyms: house household home menage

"he moved his family to Virginia" "It was a good Christian household" "I waited until the whole house was asleep" "the teacher asked how many people made up his home"

Related terms: unit foster_home extended_family menage_a_trois nuclear_family foster_family home
2. [ noun ] (sociology) primary social group; parents and children
Synonyms: family_unit

"he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"

Related terms: kin marriage couple marx_brothers child parent sibling
3. [ noun ] a collection of things sharing a common attribute
Synonyms: category class

"there are two classes of detergents"

Related terms: collection sex stamp grammatical_category paradigm Diplopoda Malacostraca declension declension conjugation Larvacea denomination superphylum classify categorize
4. [ noun ] people descended from a common ancestor
Synonyms: folk sept kinsfolk kinfolk phratry family_line

"his family had lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"

Related terms: lineage house name people dynasty homefolk
5. [ noun ] (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera

"sharks belong to the fish family"

Related terms: taxonomic_group plant_family protoctist_family bacteria_family fern_family fungus_family reptile_family fish_family filoviridae chordate_family monocot_family gymnosperm_family dicot_family moss_family arthropod_family mammal_family coelenterate_family ctenophore_family worm_family mollusk_family family_panorpidae bittacidae echinoderm_family bird_family amphibian_family Endamoebidae form_family order genus togaviridae arenaviridae flaviviridae subfamily tribe reoviridae rhabdoviridae bunyaviridae biology
6. [ noun ] a person having kinship with another or others
Synonyms: kinsperson kin

"he's kin" "he's family"

Related terms: relative affine
7. [ noun ] (criminal law) a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
Synonyms: mob syndicate crime_syndicate
Related terms: organized_crime Mafia
8. [ noun ] an association of people who share common beliefs or activities
Synonyms: fellowship

"the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family" "the church welcomed new members into its fellowship"

Related terms: association koinonia
Similar spelling:   Familia