Meaning of FAMILY in English


I. ˈfam-lē, ˈfa-mə- noun

( plural -lies )

Etymology: Middle English familie, from Latin familia household (including servants as well as kin of the householder), from famulus servant

Date: 15th century

1. : a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head : household


a. : a group of persons of common ancestry : clan

b. : a people or group of peoples regarded as deriving from a common stock : race


a. : a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation : fellowship

b. : the staff of a high official (as the President)

4. : a group of things related by common characteristics: as

a. : a closely related series of elements or chemical compounds

b. : a group of soils with similar chemical and physical properties (as texture, pH, and mineral content) that comprise a category ranking above the series and below the subgroup in soil classification

c. : a group of related languages descended from a single ancestral language


a. : the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children ; also : any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family

a single-parent family

b. : spouse and children

want to spend more time with my family


a. : a group of related plants or animals forming a category ranking above a genus and below an order and usually comprising several to many genera

b. in livestock breeding

(1) : the descendants or line of a particular individual especially of some outstanding female

(2) : an identifiable strain within a breed

7. : a set of curves or surfaces whose equations differ only in parameters

8. : a unit of a crime syndicate (as the Mafia) operating within a geographical area

• fam·i·ly·hood -ˌhu̇d noun

II. adjective

Date: 1602

1. : of or relating to a family

2. : designed or suitable for both children and adults

family restaurants

family movies

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.