What is family?

  • (noun): (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera.
    Example: "Sharks belong to the fish family"
    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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Zachlumia - History - 14th Century
... 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 ...
Irving Berlin - Early Life - Belarussian Immigrant - Settling in New York City
... a kosher meat market and gave Hebrew lessons on the side, and struggled to support his family ... to take to the streets to help support his family ... 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 cigars, common for immigrant girls ...
Linked List - Internal and External Storage - Example of Internal and External Storage
... 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 ... 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 have parametric types ...
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 ...
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 ...

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): 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 person having kinship with another or others.
    Example: "He's family"
    Synonyms: kin, kinsperson

Famous quotes containing the word family:

    Providing for one’s family as a good husband and father is a water-tight excuse for making money hand over fist. Greed may be a sin, exploitation of other people might, on the face of it, look rather nasty, but who can blame a man for “doing the best” for his children?
    Eva Figes (b. 1932)

    Unfortunately, life may sometimes seem unfair to middle children, some of whom feel like an afterthought to a brilliant older sibling and unable to captivate the family’s attention like the darling baby. Yet the middle position offers great training for the real world of lowered expectations, negotiation, and compromise. Middle children who often must break the mold set by an older sibling may thereby learn to challenge family values and seek their own identity.
    Marianne E. Neifert (20th century)

    There was books too.... One was “Pilgrim’s Progress,” about a man that left his family it didn’t say why. I read considerable in it now and then. The statements was interesting, but tough.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)