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OVERVIEW OF NOUN FAMILY

1) family, household, house, home, menage: a social unit living together; “he 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

Image of family
Image of family

2) family, family unit: primary social group; parents and children; “he wanted to have a good job before starting a family”

3) family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry: people descended from a common ancestor; “his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower”

4) class, category, family: a collection of things sharing a common attribute; “there are two classes of detergents”

5) family, fellowship: an association of people who share common beliefs or activities; “the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family”; “the church welcomed new members into its fellowship

6) family: (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera; “sharks belong to the fish family”

7) kin, kinsperson, family: a person having kinship with another or others; “he’s kin”; “he’s family”

8) syndicate, crime syndicate, mob, family: a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

noun family has 8 sense(s) (first 7 from tagged texts)


family (Wikipedia)
This article is about the group of people such as a mother and a father. For the family in biology, see Family (biology). For other uses, see Family (disambiguation).

In the context of human society, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people affiliated by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage), or co-residence and/or shared consumption (see Nurture kinship). Members of the immediate family includes spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, sons and/or daughters. Members of the extended family may include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews nieces and/or siblings-in-law.

In most societies, the family is the principal institution for the socialization of children. As the basic unit for raising children, anthropologists generally classify most family organization as matrifocal (a mother and her children); conjugal (a husband, his wife, and children; also called the nuclear family); avuncular (for example, a grandparent, a brother, his sister, and her children); or extended (parents and children co-reside with other members of one parent's family). Sexual relations among the members are regulated by rules concerning incest such as the incest taboo.

"Family" is used metaphorically to create more inclusive categories such as community, nationhood, global village and humanism.

Genealogy is a field which aims to trace family lineages through history.

Family is also an important economic unit studied in family economics.

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