[ UK /fˈæmɪli/ ]
[ US /ˈfæməɫi, ˈfæmɫi/ ]
  1. primary social group; parents and children
    he wanted to have a good job before starting a family
  2. a collection of things sharing a common attribute
    there are two classes of detergents
  3. an association of people who share common beliefs or activities
    the church welcomed new members into its fellowship
    the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family
  4. a social unit living together
    the family refused to accept his will
    I waited until the whole house was asleep
    the teacher asked how many people made up his home
    he moved his family to Virginia
    It was a good Christian household
  5. people descended from a common ancestor
    his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower
  6. (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera
    sharks belong to the fish family
  7. a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
  8. a person having kinship with another or others
    he's family
    he's kin
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How To Use family In A Sentence

  • There is a tradition of magickal practice in my family but sadly it fell into abeyance a couple of generations back.
  • Butterflies enjoy the daisy family too, and there are a few that they especially love. Times, Sunday Times
  • We drove a mile or so to Shipley Glen, a wooded hillside where a bit of family fairground fun awaited.
  • The dozen pictures she had shot during a recent bath time -- including a few of Nora rinsing with a handheld shower sprayer -- were, for Cynthia, simply part of the vast photographic record she was keeping of her family's life. Lynn Powell: Pornographer or Soccer Mom?
  • Letters from my family are sort of depressing, though sometimes my cousins write a few words that makes me laugh.
  • So much so that when he tried out a few of his character's screen tricks on his family, they put him firmly in his place. The Sun
  • Hesher (Director: Spencer Susser; Screenwriters: Spencer Susser and David Michod; Story by Brian Charles Frank) — A mysterious, anarchical trickster descends on the lives of a family struggling to deal with a painful loss. Sundance 2010 Competition Lineup Arrives, And Here Are Some Highlights » MTV Movies Blog
  • · “Adult family member” is defined as “a person over 21 years of age who is the parent, grandparent, step-parent living in the household, or legal guardian” of the pregnant teen. Archive 2009-07-01
  • In that time she accompanied members of the Royal Family on some unforgettable overseas tours.
  • Savona also includes several family recipes from Malta, such as Nanna's rice salad, which I'm anxious to try. BellaOnline - The Voice of Women
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