Meaning of FAMILY in English

FAMILY

■ noun ( plural families )

1》 [treated as sing. or plural ] a group consisting of two parents and their children living together as a unit.

↘a group of people related by blood or marriage.

↘the children of a person or couple.

2》 all the descendants of a common ancestor.

3》 a group of related things.

↘ Biology a principal taxonomic category ranking above genus and below order.

↘all the languages ultimately derived from a particular early language, regarded as a group.

■ adjective suitable for children as well as adults.

Phrases

in the ~ way informal pregnant.

Derivatives

familial fə'mɪljəl adjective

Origin

ME: from L. familia 'household servants, ~', from famulus 'servant'.

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