What is family?

  • (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
    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
... following record member { // member of a family member next string firstName integer age } record family { // the family itself family next string lastName string address ... This is 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 not ...
Irving Berlin - Early Life - Belarussian Immigrant - Settling in New York City
... market and gave Hebrew lessons on the side, and struggled to support his family ... to take to the streets to help support his family ... 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 cigars, common for ...
Zachlumia - History - 14th Century
... 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 ...
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 ...
Michael Ventris - Biography - Young Adult
... 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 ...

More definitions of "family":

  • (noun): A social unit living together.
    Example: "He moved his family to Virginia"
    Synonyms: household, house, home, menage
  • (noun): A collection of things sharing a common attribute.
    Synonyms: class, category
  • (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

Famous quotes containing the word family:

    English people apparently queue up as a sort of hobby. A family man might pass a mild autumn evening by taking the wife and kids to stand in the cinema queue for a while and then leading them over for a few minutes in the sweetshop queue and then, as a special treat for the kids, saying “Perhaps we’ve time to have a look at the Number Thirty-One bus queue before we turn in.”
    Calvin Trillin (b. 1940)

    I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage, with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post which any human power can give.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

    My family pride is something inconceivable. I can’t help it. I was born sneering.
    Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836–1911)