What is family?

  • (noun): A social unit living together.
    Example: "He moved his family to Virginia"
    Synonyms: household, house, home, menage
    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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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 ... 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 ...
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 ...
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 ... 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 ...
Linked List - Internal and External Storage - Example of Internal and External Storage
... 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 members // head of list of members ... 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 ...
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 ...

More definitions of "family":

  • (noun): A collection of things sharing a common attribute.
    Synonyms: class, category
  • (noun): A person having kinship with another or others.
    Example: "He's family"
    Synonyms: kin, kinsperson
  • (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): 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"

Famous quotes containing the word family:

    For every family had one cat at least in the bag.
    Christopher Smart (1722–1771)

    In the years of the Roman Republic, before the Christian era, Roman education was meant to produce those character traits that would make the ideal family man. Children were taught primarily to be good to their families. To revere gods, one’s parents, and the laws of the state were the primary lessons for Roman boys. Cicero described the goal of their child rearing as “self- control, combined with dutiful affection to parents, and kindliness to kindred.”
    C. John Sommerville (20th century)

    Every family has one passage of scripture they stumble over.
    Chinese proverb.