What is family?

  • (noun): Primary social group; parents and children.
    Example: "He wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
    Synonyms: family unit
    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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Some articles on family:

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 ... 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 ...
Irving Berlin - Early Life - Belarussian Immigrant - Settling in New York City
... Hebrew lessons on the side, and struggled to support his family ... a few years of schooling, Irving found it necessary 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 ...
Zachlumia - History - 14th Century
... 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
... The family became destitute ... A friend of the family, a Russian sculptor, Naum Gabo, took Michael under his wing, so to speak ... Michael later said that Gabo was the most family he had ever had ...
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): 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 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): A social unit living together.
    Example: "He moved his family to Virginia"
    Synonyms: household, house, home, menage
  • (noun): (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera.
    Example: "Sharks belong to the fish family"

Famous quotes containing the word family:

    There are one or two rules,
    Half-a-dozen, maybe,
    That all family fools,
    Of whatever degree,
    Must observe if they love their profession.
    Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836–1911)

    O God, and the wedding! All her family and her friends
    and only a handful of mine all scroungy and bearded
    just wait to get at the drinks and food—
    Gregory Corso (b. 1930)

    What we often take to be family values—the work ethic, honesty, clean living, marital fidelity, and individual responsibility—are in fact social, religious, or cultural values. To be sure, these values are transmitted by parents to their children and are familial in that sense. They do not, however, originate within the family. It is the value of close relationships with other family members, and the importance of these bonds relative to other needs.
    David Elkind (20th century)