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Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] familia, from famula (servant).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
family

Plural
famil

family (famil)
  1. (countable) A father, mother and their sons and daughters; also called nuclear family.
    Her nuclear family was very small.
  2. (countable) A group of people related by blood, marriage, law, or custom.
  3. (countable) A kin, tribe; also called extended family.
  4. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A rank in the classification of organisms, below order and above genus; a taxon at that rank.
    Magnolias belong to the family Magnoliaceae.
  5. (countable) A group of people who live together.
    This is my fraternity family at the university.
  6. (countable) A group of people similar to related by blood, marriage, law, or custom.
    Our company is one big happy family.
  7. (uncountable) Collectively, people who are members of one's intimate social group.
    They treated me like family.
  8. (countable) Any group or aggregation of things classed together as kindred or related from possessing in common characteristics which distinguish them from other things of the same order.
  9. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A group of instrument having the same basic method of tone production.
    the brass family
    the violin family
  10. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A group of languages believed to have descended from the same ancestral language.
    the Indo-European language family
    the Afro-Asiatic language family

Usage notes

In some dialects, family is used as a plurale tantum.

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Adjective

family (not comparable)

Positive
family

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

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  1. Related to the family.
    The dog was kept as a family pet.
    For Apocynaceae, this type of flower is a family characteristic.

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