|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|
"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|
"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|
"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|
"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|