family


family
I UK [ˈfæm(ə)lɪ] / US noun
Word forms "family":
singular family plural families
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1) [countable] a group of people who live together and are related to one another, usually consisting of parents and children: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

A family with two children live next door.

Is the Watson family going to be there?

He grew up in a large working-class family.

single-parent/two-parent family:

Single-parent families are increasingly common.

a family of four/five etc:

The tent is big enough for a family of six.

a) [countable] a group of people who are all related to one another, including dead members of the group: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

Does your family have any history of heart disease?

She did not want the property to go to anyone outside the family.

be in someone's/the family (= belong to that family):

The boatyard had been in his family for four generations.

b) [uncountable] people who are related to you: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

We spent the holiday period visiting family in Scotland.

We ought to help him – after all, he is family.

friends and family/family and friends:

We had Christmas lunch in the company of family and friends.

one of the family:

He's like one of the family.

2) [countable] children in a family: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

The soldier had a wife and family.

start/have a family (= have children):

They want to get married and start a family.

bring up/raise a family:

It's difficult raising a family on one salary.

3) [countable] biology a group of animals or plants that are related. A family has fewer members than an order or class

Kidney beans belong to the bean family.


II UK [ˈfæm(ə)lɪ] / US adjective [only before noun]
1) relating to families, or typical of families

Quarrels are a normal part of family life.

2) suitable for a family with children

a three-bedroom family home with a garden

a family film

a family-size packet of cornflakes


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  • Family 13 — Family 13, also known Ferrar Group ( f 13, von Soden calls the group Ii), is a group of Greek Gospel manuscripts, varying in date from the 11th to the 15th century, which display a distinctive pattern of variant readings especially in placing the …   Wikipedia

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