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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.


Broader (hypernym)association

Narrower (hyponym)koinonia

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