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Family

Family appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • "Eva, can I ref footy?" Lima family to offer in a cave.
  • We sip, or can one posse let a family bury my body, eh?… they do: by my Ruby Lim, a fate less open on a crop I sew.
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Usage statistics for the noun family:

spoken English31.98%written English68.02% conversational speech33.42%task-oriented speech66.58% imaginative writing39.38%informational writing60.62%
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Family is sometimes a misspelling of familiar.

The word family is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun family

What does family mean as a name of something?

Family is one of the top 50 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: families

  1. a social unit living together
    • examples: he moved his family to Virginia | the family refused to accept his will
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of family: home / house / household / menage
    • more generic terms: social unit / unit = an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
    • more specific terms:
  2. primary social group; parents and children
    • example: he wanted to have a good job before starting a family
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of family: family unit
    • more generic terms: clan / kin / kin group / kindred / kinship group / tribe = group of people related by blood or marriage
    • more specific terms:
    • instances:
      • Bronte sisters = a 19th century family of three sisters who all wrote novels
      • Marx Brothers = a family of United States comedians consisting of four brothers with an anarchic sense of humor
    • members:
      • child / kid = a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age
      • parent = a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child
      • sibling / sib = a person's brother or sister
  3. a collection of things sharing a common attribute
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of family: category / class
    • more generic words: accumulation / aggregation / assemblage / collection = several things grouped together or considered as a whole
    • more specific terms:
      • grammatical category / syntactic category = a category of words having the same grammatical properties
      • substitution class / paradigm = the class of all items that can be substituted into the same position (or slot) in a grammatical sentence
      • brass family = the family of brass instruments
      • violin family = the family of bowed stringed instruments
      • woodwind family = the family of woodwind instruments
      • stamp = a type or class
      • sex = either of the two categories (male or female) into which most organisms are divided
      • declension = a class of nouns or pronouns or adjectives in Indo-European languages having the same (or very similar) inflectional forms
      • conjugation = a class of verbs having the same inflectional forms
      • denomination = a class of one kind of unit in a system of numbers or measures or weights or money
      • histocompatibility complex = a family of fifty or more genes on the sixth human chromosome that code for proteins on the surfaces of cells and that play a role in the immune response
    • member: superphylum = a taxonomic group ranking between a phylum and below a class or subclass
  4. people descended from a common ancestor
  5. a person having kinship with another or others
    • example: he's family
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of family: kin / kinsperson
    • more generic words: relation / relative = a person related by blood or marriage
    • more specific word: affine = kin by marriage
  6. (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera
  7. a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
  8. an association of people who share common beliefs or activities
    • example: the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of family: fellowship
    • more generic word: association = a formal organization of people or groups of people
    • more specific word: koinonia = Christian fellowship or communion with God or with fellow Christians

Alternative definition of the noun family

noun

  1. [countable] A father, mother and their sons and daughters; also called nuclear family.
  2. [countable] A group of people related by blood, marriage, law, or custom.
  3. [countable] A kin, tribe; also called extended family.
  4. [countable, biology, taxonomy] A rank in the classification of organisms, below order and above genus; a taxon at that rank.
  5. [countable] A group of people who live together, or one that is similar to one that is related by blood, marriage, law, or custom, or members of one's intimate social group.
  6. [countable] Any group or aggregation of things classed together as kindred or related from possessing in common characteristics which distinguish them from other things of the same order.
  7. [countable, music] A group of instrument having the same basic method of tone production.
  8. [countable, linguistics] A group of languages believed to have descended from the same ancestral language.
  9. Used attributively.

Definition of the adjective family

What does family mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more family / most family

  1. Suitable for children and adults.
  2. Conservative, traditional.
  3. [slang] Homosexual.

Films

  1. "Family": Slacker Aryan Bhatia's life is turned upside down when his brother, Shekhar, is killed by a hoodlum, Virendra Sahi. Unable to get the corrupt Mumbai police to apprehend him, he decides to abduct the entire Sahi family, hold them hostage until Virendra surrenders to him. He and six of his friends obtain firearms, successfully abduct the Sahi family, hold them in a room. They even get Virendra to negotiate their release within 24 hours. But Aryan grossly underestimates Virendra's connections, reportedly from 'Sadak' to 'Sansad'. Soon, not only he, his friends, and the remainder of his family will face Virendra's wrath.
  2. Family is an American television drama series that aired on ABC from 1976 to 1980. Creative control of the show was split among executive producers Leonard Goldberg, Aaron Spelling and Mike Nichols. A total of 86 episodes were produced.
    • begun on and completed on (34 years ago)
    • 86 episodes of 60 or 50 minutes each, in 5 seasons
    • country: United States of America
    • created by Jay Presson Allen
    • regular cast:
    • genres: Soap opera, Drama, Family
    • some of the awards:
        • Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama nomination for Sada Thompson
        • Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama
        • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series (For episode Rites of Friendship) nomination for Glenn Jordan
        • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series (For episode Rites of Friendship), received by Glenn Jordan
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for Sada Thompson
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series nomination for Gary Frank
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nomination for Meredith Baxter
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nomination for Kristy McNichol
        • Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series nomination for Leonard Goldberg, Nigel McKeand, Aaron Spelling & Mike Nichols
        • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series (For episode Acts of Love, parts 1 + 2) nomination for E.W. Swackhamer
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, received by Gary Frank
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, received by Kristy McNichol
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (And Baby Makes Three) nomination for John Rubinstein
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nomination for James Broderick
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for Sada Thompson
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nomination for Kristy McNichol
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nomination for Meredith Baxter
        • Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama nomination for Kristy McNichol
        • Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama nomination for Sada Thompson
        • Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series nomination for Leonard Goldberg, Nigel McKeand, Aaron Spelling
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Film Editing - Drama Series (For episode "Acts of Love", part I) nomination for Jim Faris
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, received by Sada Thompson
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for Sada Thompson
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nomination for Kristy McNichol
        • Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama nomination for Sada Thompson
        • People's Choice Award for Favorite Network TV Drama
        • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, received by Kristy McNichol
  3. "Family" is a 1996 comedy drama film written and directed by Fernando León de Aranoa.
  4. "Family" is a television drama mini-series that aired on RTÉ One and BBC One in 1994. It was written by Roddy Doyle, the author of The Commitments, and directed by Michael Winterbottom.
  5. "Family" is a 2001 Japanese yakuza film directed by Takashi Miike.
  6. "Family" is a film.
  7. "Family" is a film, written and directed by Faith Trimel.
  8. "Family" is a film, directed by Jung Wook.
  9. "Family" is a 2011 animated short film directed by Yuri A.
  10. "Family" is a film.
  11. "Family" a.k.a. "가족" is a film.

Artwork

"Family" is a public artwork by American artist Helaine Blumenfeld located on the Henry Reuss Federal Plaza, which is in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. The sculpture is made from Norwegian blue granite. It consists of five forms, with the largest form measuring approximately 89 x 58 x 27 inches. Family was installed in the Henry Reuss Federal Plaza in 1983.

  • completed in (32 years ago)

Music

  1. "Family" is the self-released third EP by Noah Gundersen. It was recorded by Daniel Mendez and mastered by Ed Brooks in just under a week in Dallas. It was released on August 6, 2011. The 7-track EP features Noah's sister, Abby Gundersen, who plays violin and sings vocal harmonies on several tracks. Family has been called genre-defying and at times reminiscent of Ryan Adams, Fleet Foxes, Tom Waits, and Neil Young. The EP can be downloaded on Noah Gundersen's Bandcamp page.
  2. "Family" is the second album released by May J. However, this is the 1st album released by May J. under the label Rhythm Zone. This album had no singles promoting it. The album debuted at the #5 spot on the daily Oricon chart and managed to climb up to the #3 spot.
  3. "Family" is the ninth studio album by American country recording artist LeAnn Rimes, released October 9, 2007, by Curb Records in the United States. It was produced primarily by musician and record producer Dann Huff, with additional production by Tony Brown and guest vocalist Reba McEntire.
    • genre: Country
    • released on (7 years ago)
  4. "Family" is a musical album of Thompson.
    • released on
  5. "Family" is the second album by indie band Le Loup. It was released on September 22, 2009.
  6. "Family" is the second album by Think About Life, released on May 26, 2009.
  7. "Family" is a composition.
  8. "Family" is the third studio release by Californian melodic hardcore band Ignite.
  9. "Family" is a musical single of The Interrupters.
    • released on
  10. "Family" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  11. "Family" is a musical album of Polaris.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  12. "Family" is a musical album of Marillion.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  13. "FAMILY" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  14. "family" is a musical album of Childhood.
    • released on

Groups

  1. Family were an English rock band that formed in late 1966 and disbanded in October 1973. Their style has been characterised as progressive rock, as their sound often explored other genres, incorporating elements of styles such as folk, psychedelia, acid, jazz fusion and rock and roll. The band achieved recognition in the United Kingdom through their albums, club and concert tours and appearances at festivals.
    • members:
    • genres: Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock, Psychedelic rock
    • albums: "A Family Selection (The Best Of)", "A Song for Me", "Anyway", "Bandstand", "Family Entertainment", "Fearless", "It's Only a Movie", "Music in a Doll's House", "The Best of Family", "BBC Radio Volume 1 1968 - 69", "Old Songs New Songs", "In My Own Time / Seasons", "The Best Of", "No Mule's Fool / Good Friend of Mine", "BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert", "In Their Own Time", "Live", "Burlesque / The Rocking R's", "Strange Band - The Best of Family", "The Very Best of Roger Chapman and Family", "Family As & Bs"
  2. The Family is Willie Nelson's touring and recording group. Nelson, who did not manage through the 1960s to succeed as a singer, retired after the failure of his 1971 album Yesterday's Wine. The following year, he returned from retirement rejuvenated by the burgeoning music movement of Austin, Texas.
  3. Family was a cult band from Spain in the 1990s. Although initially unsuccessful, Family gradually acquired a fanbase and is now highly recognised in the Spanish underground pop scene. Their only album, Un Soplo en el Corazón has been praised for its poetic lyrics, inspired music and elegant artwork.
  4. Family is an Estonian Band.
    • album: "We Are Family"
  5. Family is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Family 5, YG Family, 2-4 Family, Family Guy, Family the, Fat Family, Mud family, Ph. Family, Family Band, Family Four, Family Tree, Nath Family, Sona family, Atoms Family, Byrne Family, Family Brown, Honey Family, Malka Family, Poppy Family.

Miscellanea

  1. Family: A children's film or family film is a film genre that contains children or relates to them in the context of home and family. Children's films refer to films that are made specifically for children and not necessarily for the general audience, while family films are made for a wider appeal with a general audience in mind. Children's films come in several major forms like realism, fantasy, animation, war, musicals, and literary adaptations.
    • also known as Family-Oriented Comedy, Family film, Family genre, Children's film, Children genre
  2. Family: In biological classification, a family is a taxonomic rank between order, and genus. A family may be divided into one or more subfamiles, intermediate ranks above the rank of genus. In vernacular usage, a family may also be named after one of its common members, e.g. walnuts and hickory trees belong to the family Juglandaceae, commonly known as the walnut family.
    • also known as ครอบครัว
  3. Family: A family or family household is defined by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes as "a householder and one or more other people related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption. They do not include same-sex married couples even if the marriage was performed in a state issuing marriage certificates for same-sex couples. Same-sex couple households are included in the family households category if there is at least one additional person related to the householder by birth or adoption. Same-sex couple households with no relatives of the householder present are tabulated in nonfamily households.
  4. Family: A sitcom dealing with the life and happenings of two families; the Woo family, lead by Woo Shin Hye and the Yul family, lead by Yul Suk Hwan. Woo Shin Hye is divorced but she and her beautiful but unintelligent daughters remain filthy rich thanks to their beauty salon. Yul Suk Hwan is a single dad to a poor but hard working family of two sons and a smart but ugly daughter. Things start to get out of hand when Woo Shin Hye and Yul Suk Hwan decide to get married and their different families clash.
    • also known as Shut Up Family
    • begun on and completed on
    • 120 episodes
    • country: South Korea
    • genres: Comedy, Family
  5. Family: A family of musical instruments is a grouping of several different but related sizes or types of instruments. Some schemes of musical instrument classification, such as the Hornbostel-Sachs system, are based on a hierarchy of instrument families and families of families.
  6. Family is a TV program.
    • begun on and completed on
    • country: South Korea
  7. Family is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.
  8. Family: If this person is the member of a prominent or notable family, enter that here.

Phrases with Family

Phrases starting with the word Family:

  1. Family Ba
  2. Family Ge
  3. Family Lo
  4. Family so
  5. Family car
  6. family Ips
  7. family man
  8. Family Way
  9. Family Call

Phrases ending with the word Family:

  1. box family
  2. elm family
  3. ivy family
  4. pea family
  5. rue family
  6. tea family
  7. yam family
  8. yew family
  9. aloe family
  10. arum family
  11. bird family

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Family

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Google previewIntroduction to Sociology

Image:Family Ouagadougou.jpg A family of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1997 A family is a domestic group of...

of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, "The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of ...

Google previewBorn to be Happy Enjoy Life to the full by Prasanna Rao Bandela

by Prasanna Rao Bandela

Family is the basic unit that makes communities and societies thrive. Charles Colson says, “The family...

A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living,” says Charles Swindoll.

Google previewSelf-Care Science, Nursing Theory and Evidence-Based Practice (2011)

by Katherine Renpenning, MScN, Susan Gebhardt Taylor, MSN, PhD, FAAN

The Family A family is a system or unit of interacting persons related by marriage, birth, or other strong social bonds with commitment and attachment among unit members that includes future obligations and whose central purpose is to create, ...

Google previewThe Sociological Perspective (2009)

A Value-Committed Introduction by Michael R. Leming, Raymond G. DeVries, Brendan F. J. Furnish

Jack Balswick and Judith Balswick Sociologically, the family is the basic unit of society, for it is the social unit into which children are born and socialized. It is also the primary source of economic status and social identity for most people.

Google preview108 Incometax Mantras for Tax Saving (2014)

by Subhash Lakhotia

Hindu Undivided Family is a separateTax Entityrecognized underIncome tax Law .

Google previewEngendering Modernity (2013)

Feminism, Social Theory and Social Change by Barbara Marshall

As Fromm put it, 'the family is the medium through which the society or the social class stamps its specific structure on the child,

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food Microbiology (2014)

by Carl A. Batt

Genus: Clinoconidium Genus: Coniodictyum Genus: Cryptobasidium Genus: Drepanoconis Family: Exobasidiaceae Genus: Austrobasidium Genus: Endobasidium Genus: Exobasidium Genus: Laurobasidium Genus: Muribasidiospora Family: ...

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Usage statistics about family

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun family:

spoken English31.98%written English68.02% conversational speech33.42%task-oriented speech66.58% imaginative writing39.38%informational writing60.62%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun family:

syndicatemobfellowshipfolkhouseholdcategoryclasshomefamilyhouse

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Quotes about Family

Every time, someone
asks about my family,

I shrug my shoulders, and
said “ what family? ”

I tell them....I don’t talk
to my family and they don’t
talk to me.

So pretty much....what family? (Lisa Parks)
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Scrabble value of F4A1M3I1L1Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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