What is family?

  • (noun): A loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities.
    Synonyms: syndicate, crime syndicate, mob
    See also — Additional definitions below


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
... After Paul's 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 ... 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 ...
Linked List - Internal and External Storage - Example of Internal and External Storage
... the 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 member ... 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 ...
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 ... Irving found it necessary to take to the streets to help support his family ... fist 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 cigars, common for immigrant ...
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 ... 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 ...

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

Famous quotes containing the word family:

    Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described—and will be, after our deaths—by each of the family members who believe they know us.
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934)

    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)

    My Friend is not of some other race or family of men, but flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone. He is my real brother.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)