What is family?

  • (noun): People descended from a common ancestor.
    Example: "His family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
    Synonyms: family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry
    See also — Additional definitions below

Family

In human context, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people affiliated by consanguinity, affinity, or co-residence. In most societies it is the principal institution for the socialization of children. Anthropologists most generally classify family organization as matrilocal (a mother and her children); conjugal (a wife, husband, and children, also called nuclear family); and consanguinal (also called an extended family) in which parents and children co-reside with other members of one parent's family.

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Linked List - Internal and External Storage - Example of Internal and External Storage
... structure might look like the following record member { // member of a family member next string firstName integer age } record family { // the family itself family next string lastName string address ... because both the list of families and the list of members within the family are stored in two linked lists using the same data structure (node), and this language does ...
Edwin Howard Armstrong - Early Life
... Emily Smith had strong family ties to Chelsea, which centered around the church, in which her family took an active role ... In 1895 the Armstrong family moved from their brownstone row house at 347 West 29th Street to another similar house at 26 West 97th Street in the Upper West Side ... In order to improve his health the Armstrong family moved in 1902 from the Upper West Side into a house at 1032 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers, which overlooked the Hudson river ...
Zachlumia - History - 14th Century
... death, Milutin and Dragutin concluded a peace, and went to war against Šubić family ... By 1325, the Branivojević family had emerged as strongest in Hum ... Though nominal vassals of Serbia, the Branivojević family attacked Serbian interests and other local nobles of Hum, who in 1526 turned against Serbia and Branivojević family ...
Michael Ventris - Biography - Young Adult
... After the German invasion of Poland in 1939 the family holdings in that country were gone, and all income from there ceased ... The family became destitute ... A friend of the family, a Russian sculptor, Naum Gabo, took Michael under his wing, so to speak ...
Irving Berlin - Early Life - Belarussian Immigrant - Settling in New York City
... at a kosher meat market and gave Hebrew lessons on the side, and struggled to support his family ... of schooling, Irving found it necessary to take to the streets to help support his family ... the five pennies that constituted his first day's receipts, his contribution to the family budget.” His mother took jobs as a midwife, and three of his sisters worked wrapping ...

More definitions of "family":

  • (noun): Primary social group; parents and children.
    Example: "He wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
    Synonyms: family unit
  • (noun): (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera.
    Example: "Sharks belong to the fish family"
  • (noun): A person having kinship with another or others.
    Example: "He's family"
    Synonyms: kin, kinsperson
  • (noun): A collection of things sharing a common attribute.
    Synonyms: class, category
  • (noun): 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"
    Synonyms: fellowship
  • (noun): A social unit living together.
    Example: "He moved his family to Virginia"
    Synonyms: household, house, home, menage

Famous quotes containing the word family:

    The touchstone for family life is still the legendary “and so they were married and lived happily ever after.” It is no wonder that any family falls short of this ideal.
    Salvador Minuchin (20th century)

    With a new familiarity and a flesh-creeping “homeliness” entirely of this unreal, materialistic world, where all “sentiment” is coarsely manufactured and advertised in colossal sickly captions, disguised for the sweet tooth of a monstrous baby called “the Public,” the family as it is, broken up on all hands by the agency of feminist and economic propaganda, reconstitutes itself in the image of the state.
    Percy Wyndham Lewis (1882–1957)

    A real hangover is nothing to try out family remedies on. The only cure for a real hangover is death.
    Robert Benchley (1889–1945)