Meaning of FAMILY in English

FAMILY

transcription, транскрипция: [ fæmɪli ]

( families)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.

1.

A family is a group of people who are related to each other, especially parents and their children.

There’s room in there for a family of five...

His family are completely behind him, whatever he decides...

To him the family is the core of society...

Does he have any family?

N-COUNT-COLL

2.

When people talk about a family , they sometimes mean children.

They decided to start a family.

...couples with large families.

N-COUNT-COLL

3.

When people talk about their family , they sometimes mean their ancestors.

Her family came to Los Angeles at the turn of the century.

...the history of mental illness in the family.

N-COUNT-COLL

4.

You can use family to describe things that belong to a particular family.

He returned to the family home...

I was working in the family business.

ADJ : ADJ n

5.

You can use family to describe things that are designed to be used or enjoyed by both parents and children.

It had been designed as a family house...

A wedding is a family event.

ADJ : ADJ n

6.

A family of animals or plants is a group of related species.

...foods in the cabbage family, such as Brussels sprouts.

N-COUNT : with supp

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