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English noun: family

1. family (group) a social unit living together


SamplesHe 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.


Synonymshome, house, household, menage


Broader (hypernym)social unit, unit


Narrower (hyponym)broken home, conjugal family, extended family, foster family, foster home, menage a trois, nuclear family

2. family (group) primary social group; parents and children


SamplesHe wanted to have a good job before starting a family.


Synonymsfamily unit


Broader (hypernym)clan, kin, kin group, kindred, kinship group, tribe


Narrower (hyponym)couple, man and wife, marriage, married couple, match, mates


Instance hyponymBronte sisters, Marx Brothers


Member holonymchild, kid, parent, sib, sibling

3. family (group) a collection of things sharing a common attribute


SamplesThere are two classes of detergents.


Synonymscategory, class


Broader (hypernym)accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection


Narrower (hyponym)brass family, conjugation, declension, denomination, grammatical category, histocompatibility complex, paradigm, sex, stamp, substitution class, syntactic category, violin family, woodwind family


Member holonymsuperphylum

4. family (group) people descended from a common ancestor


SamplesHis family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower.


Synonymsfamily line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept


Broader (hypernym)ancestry, blood, blood line, bloodline, descent, line, line of descent, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock


Narrower (hyponym)dynasty, gens, homefolk, house, name, people

5. family (person) a person having kinship with another or others


SamplesHe's kin.
He's family.


Synonymskin, kinsperson


Broader (hypernym)relation, relative


Narrower (hyponym)affine

6. family (group) (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera


SamplesSharks belong to the fish family.


Broader (hypernym)taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group


Narrower (hyponym)amphibian family, arthropod family, bacteria family, bird family, Bittacidae, chordate family, coelenterate family, ctenophore family, dicot family, echinoderm family, Endamoebidae, family Bittacidae, family Endamoebidae, family Panorpidae, fern family, Filoviridae, fish family, form family, fungus family, liliopsid family, magnoliopsid family, mammal family, mollusk family, monocot family, moss family, Panorpidae, plant family, protoctist family, reptile family, worm family


Member holonymArenaviridae, Bunyaviridae, Flaviviridae, genus, Reoviridae, Rhabdoviridae, subfamily, Togaviridae, tribe


Member meronymorder


Domain categorybiological science, biology

7. family (group) a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities


Synonymscrime syndicate, mob, syndicate


Broader (hypernym)gangdom, gangland, organized crime


Narrower (hyponym)Cosa Nostra, Maffia, Mafia

8. family (group) an association of people who share common beliefs or activities


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


Synonymsfellowship


Broader (hypernym)association


Narrower (hyponym)koinonia









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