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a committee/staff/family etc member
▪ Close friendships developed between crew members on the ship.
a family business (=owned and controlled by one family)
▪ For many years the hotel was a family business.
a family celebration (=for family members)
▪ Everyone’s coming here for a family celebration.
a family Christmas
▪ We always have a family Christmas at home.
a family doctor (=who treats all the members of a family)
▪ We’ve had the same family doctor for fifteen years.
a family dog (=that belongs to a family)
▪ Labradors make a great family dog.
a family firm
▪ The business grew from a small family firm into a large company.
a family friend
▪ He’s visiting family friends.
a family grave (=one where members of a family are buried together)
▪ Walter died in 1922 and was buried in the family grave in Finchley cemetery.
a family holiday
▪ I first visited Orkney on a family holiday when I was a boy.
a family pet
▪ These dogs make an ideal family pet.
a family planning clinic (=giving advice about how to prevent pregnancy)
▪ There are family planning clinics all over the country.
a family quarrel
▪ Your family quarrels are none of my concern.
a family resemblance (=between members of the same family)
▪ I couldn't detect any family resemblance.
a family row
▪ When he turned up late, there was a family row.
a family secret
▪ Their normally strong relationship is threatened when he has to reveal a family secret.
a family show (=one that is suitable for families and children to watch)
▪ It’s a real family show, with something for everyone.
a family tradition
▪ According to family tradition, he must sing at his own wedding.
a family vacation
▪ We had to cancel the family vacation.
a family/school etc outing
▪ a class outing to the ballet
a student/family counsellor (=helping students or families with problems)
▪ Student counsellors say there's a lot of pressure at college these days.
an immigrant family
▪ A quarter of the school’s students are from immigrant families.
aristocratic family
▪ an aristocratic family
blended family
extended family
family background
▪ Many kids lack a stable family background.
family breakdown
▪ A growing proportion of children are affected by family breakdown.
family circle
family conflict
▪ There are various techniques you can use to try and avoid family conflict.
family credit
family doctor
family entertainment (=suitable for adults and children)
▪ The holiday village has plenty of family entertainment on offer.
family fare
▪ The movie is suitable family fare.
family honour
▪ Refusal of a marriage offer is seen as an attack on the family honour.
family likeness
▪ I can see the family likeness.
family loyalty
▪ Family loyalty prevented her from telling what she knew.
family man
family name
family planning
▪ a family planning clinic
family practice
family practitioner
family problems
▪ She would never discuss family problems with outsiders.
family relationships
▪ Travelling a lot for business can strain family relationships.
family reunion
▪ a family reunion
family room
family time
▪ As the children get older, evenings become valuable family time.
family tree
family values
▪ The party places great emphasis on family values.
family/blood ties
▪ Family ties have been weakened by older people living apart from their children.
family/household income
▪ She works in a shop to supplement the family income.
family/parental expectations (=expectations that families or parents have for their children)
▪ Parental expectations for a first child tend to be quite high.
first family
Holy Family, the
lone-parent family
▪ a lone-parent family
loving wife/family/parents etc
▪ the confidence he had gained from having a warm and loving family
noble family/blood/birth etc
▪ a member of an ancient noble family
▪ The Marquis would have to marry a woman of noble blood.
nuclear family
One Parent Families/Gingerbread
one-parent family
▪ It was time for Dean to settle down and raise a family.
school/family crest
the black sheep of the family
▪ Amy’s always been the black sheep of the family.
the family circle
▪ It’s important for children to have friends outside the family circle.
the family home (=where a family lives)
▪ The house was once the family home of the O'Dare family.
the family/household budget
▪ Often the husband and wife contribute equally to the family budget.
the home/domestic/family environment
▪ A lot of children suffer because of problems in their home environment.
▪ They may explore with Joseph whether he can get in touch with the other black families.
▪ Outsiders paid attention to slum conditions only when they burned and a black family died.
▪ Fourth, the two researchers were white and so handicapped in their assessment of black families and children.
▪ Some whites tried to help black families by aiding in guard duty.
▪ Finally, certain vulnerable groups were most affected by these changes, notably black families living in inner city deprived areas.
▪ In the mid 1960s, the average income for black families was only 54% of the average for white families.
▪ Also, assailants fire-bombed the home of a black family in a white Philadelphia neighborhood.
▪ Instead she joined her immediate family for a service at the private chapel on the Althorp estate.
▪ Cancer claimed the lives of her parents and hit 14 of 17 people in her immediate family.
▪ She was not going out at all and was communicating very little with her immediate family.
▪ She was respectfully requested to keep the fact he is on special assignment to herself and her immediate family.
▪ In some cultures eye contact between men and women is strictly forbidden outside the immediate family.
▪ Fidela Kirstein died in 1991; the couple had no children, and Kirstein left no other immediate family.
▪ This impetus originated mainly from two previously noted sources: the user's immediate family and the police.
▪ Indeed, I mentioned, the immediate family is quite distressed because nobody knows the language.
▪ She likes the atmosphere of a large family.
▪ Parents of large families now get priority housing and school registration and subsidized child care services.
▪ With high mortality rates even a large family size only just replaces the parents.
▪ I focus, I wait for a large Oriental family to walk out of my range.
▪ Why should those living alone or elderly couples be paying as high rates as large wage-earning families?
▪ It was a large Victorian family kitchen, and looked so when it was empty or when only Mrs Beavis was there.
▪ And there was the answer - a large family of ants had made its home there!
▪ It is a small commercial music festival which helps to support a large free family entertainment programme.
▪ The modern nuclear family is a vulnerable and fragile institution.
▪ They are an extension of his nuclear family but also a discrete entity.
▪ The individual with this ethic does not engage in any cooperative activity for goals beyond the immediate-interest of the nuclear family.
▪ Second, the extended family counts for relatively less and the immediate nuclear family for relatively more.
▪ For the first time in classical antiquity the nuclear family had assumed a central role in the politics of state.
▪ Within this nuclear family, the hopes and affections of its members were concentrated and the emotional level could rise dangerously high.
▪ The result of this dramatic change was the nuclear family.
▪ First, individual households will not be restricted to nuclear families, i.e. parents and their children.
▪ What actually happened was that a less doctrinaire magistracy put local taxes up in order to provide bread for poor families.
▪ Less than one-third of children under six who lived in poor families lived in families that relied exclusively on welfare.
▪ They also wished to achieve some redistribution of income in favour of families, particularly poor families.
▪ And they come from some of the poorest families in the county.
▪ The rural areas contained 34 percent of poor families and 19 percent of extremely poor families.
▪ In poor families, the ability to work and to earn income is usually the only asset people have.
▪ Consequently, the poorest families will have even less money.
▪ As is to be expected, approximately 75 percent of the children come from poor families.
▪ One of her main interests is our Royal family.
▪ But the crown prince is 71 himself, and, having only half-brothers within the royal family, may have difficulty ruling.
▪ And they devoted columns to discussing the possible effects of our exclusive pictures on the future of the royal family.
▪ Teiresias, the prophet who had brought so many distressful prophecies to the royal family, came to bring still another.
▪ Convicted murderers, especially brutal and disgusting ones, were followed around by as many paparazzi as the royal family.
▪ But much of it also went into the unbridled and anachronistic opulence of the royal family and the main tribal chiefs.
▪ One can only assume that the Roman officials exceeded their authority and treated the royal family with disrespect.
▪ Walk backward, with your eyes on the royal family before you bow to them.
▪ There was an invitation for the whole family.
▪ The whole Poyser family goes off to bed by twilight.
▪ The price-conscious monarch could have bought presents for the whole family - and still had change from £50.
▪ She knew that it would raise too much suspicion for the whole family to leave at once.
▪ Later, on 18 September 1762, the whole family went to Vienna.
▪ We're not a whole family yet.
▪ The whole emphasis on family care has developed building on a somewhat distorted view of past patterns of family life.
▪ Though the whole family sang, he prospered during the piano lessons he received as a birthday present at age 6.
▪ But for some people, especially young healthy families, the cost would be higher.
▪ Some years back, when he had a young family, Lewry joined his local National Trust centre.
▪ The maker of hair-care and other personal-care products recently completed its first year under a younger generation of family managers.
▪ Normally this financial support passes from older to younger generations in families in a one-way flow.
▪ There are good swimming beaches each end of town with shallow sandy water, ideal for young families.
▪ But for the time being, with a young family at home, he is very happy to have switched to contract catering.
▪ Geoff is married, has a young family and has moved from his former home in West Yorkshire to Barmill.
▪ In the Budget, we announced that we would take most family businesses out of Inheritance Tax altogether.
▪ He joined the family business after his graduation in 1988.
▪ Since then it has become a complete family business.
▪ He was upset that I was abandoning the family business, but we worked it out.
▪ The Court accepted that the two companies should really be regarded as a single family business.
▪ It was family business, and family business is left with the family.
▪ The change affected clinics that primarily perform abortions as well as family doctors who may do the procedure along with unrelated services.
▪ Your family doctor is always your first point of contact.
▪ The Beans had never had a family doctor.
▪ The family doctor was a name on a card rather than a face to be recognised in the street.
▪ It means he may have murdered one patient for every month of his 24-year career as a family doctor.
▪ The family doctor advised them to try a well-known rehabilitation unit, not realizing that it specialized in orthopaedic rather than neurological cases.
▪ The crisis has been caused partly by the reluctance of self-employed family doctors to invest the considerable sums needed to computerise.
▪ Designs range from two-bedroom holiday bungalows to six-bedroom family homes.
▪ It is going to be a family home.
▪ Graeme, above, was last night at the family home in Edinburgh.
▪ No evidence of a family home should remain.
▪ Firstly, a widowed grandmother may be remembered as moving into the family home.
▪ They only expect 12 around the dinner table these days at the family home at Stanton Harcourt.
▪ Under capitalism, housing costs 30 or 40 per-cent of family income.
▪ We did not get family support or family income supplement or one-parent family income.
▪ And Chapman University economists say median family income has risen well above $ 60, 000 a year.
▪ The result is that family income has soared at the top and fallen at the bottom.
▪ Two emotionally mature parents, moderate family income and stable home life are way ahead of age on the list.
▪ It is also tough, hard working, loveable, helps earn the family income and we can't live without it.
▪ Pessimism is especially high among baby boomers, with twice as many expecting family income to drop this year as last.
▪ They will have a totally different interpretation of family life and of the so-called moral nature of the matter.
▪ While this finding is hardly conclusive, the effect of family life on school success obviously must be considered.
▪ Are there a destructive set of values associated with family life in late twentieth-century Britain?
▪ And when it comes to balancing work and family life, research consistently confirms the importance of workplace culture on individual behavior.
▪ It seemed a veritable model of bohemian family life.
▪ It was here they experienced a taste of what normal family life could really be like.
▪ He is a stocky child who has no memory of family life.
▪ We have mixed expectations in Britain about the responsibilities of family life and parenting.
▪ Above all, family members frequently blame themselves - and they may be encouraged to do so by the primary sufferers. iv.
▪ These family members and friends need answers so they finally can say goodbye.
▪ In this case different strains were found in the family members.
▪ Individual feelings and complexities are repressed and there is a constant threat of mutiny among family members.
▪ Current welfare policies are increasingly seeking to build upon responsibilities between family members.
▪ Home-delivered medical services filled the gap between care by overworked family members and impossibly expensive care in hospitals.
▪ The parenting that Mike and Jennifer designed works for all three family members.
▪ Adult family members or professional assistants, accompanying the Laureate are welcome as Paying guests.
▪ Skoda's press officer is one Milan Smutny, whose family name means sad.
▪ Says Peter Mayock: The surname Mayock is a unique and uncommon family name.
▪ J stands for Johnstone, the family name behind a company which keeps six members of the family gainfully employed.
▪ He loved his sons, and Alvin Sharpes loved his family name.
▪ A hint of humanity and he was a disgrace to the family name.
▪ He had told Wyatt that family names were irrelevant to him, and, besides, he had always liked birthdays.
▪ Professor Hoskins has written that the 161 households recorded in the 1670 Wigston hearth tax return represent eighty-two different family names.
▪ There is even disagreement as to whether this family name should be Gaterinidae or Plectorhynchidae.
▪ Health and infant mortality 7 Children under five How many live with both parents or in a one parent family?
▪ Priority for assistance will be given to senior citizens, disabled and single parent families.
▪ And to what extent is the church ministering effectively to the needs of single parent families?
▪ Consumer durables Lone parent families are less likely than two parent families to have household consumer durables.
▪ In common with families in general, one parent families have been getting smaller.
▪ Lone parents have much smaller proportions of household heads in the labour market than two parent families.
▪ You can discuss with your doctor or family planning clinic which is most suitable for you.
▪ Anyone, married or single, male or female, young or not-so-young can go to a family planning clinic.
▪ The family planning boom Today there are more women using modern contraception than ever before.
▪ I did make an appointment at the local family planning clinic.
▪ I know now that you can get Durex free from family planning clinics, but not many people know that.
▪ But then how many fellas will go into a family planning clinic?
▪ Provincial and local authorities were ordered to double family planning funding.
▪ Some family planning clinics will also arrange for you to be given a blood test.
▪ Certainly such support is not a routine feature of family relationships, even between parents and children.
▪ She also looked to the basic relationships, usually 148 family relationships, that might provide strength to the patient.
▪ Herskovitz created Thirtysomething and now knows exactly where the emotionally richest fault-lines of family relationships lie.
▪ And I wondered how much strength she could have received from her family relationships.
▪ They fear damaging the child within their secure family relationship.
▪ Does equality have to mean sameness for spouses in order to have equal power and status in our most basic family relationships?
▪ A sense of loss of mutually supportive family relationships.
▪ The first section focuses on changing counterproductive patterns of communication between parents and children, thus strengthening family relationships.
▪ Dual graduate couples have the highest fertility of all, if family size up to four children only is considered.
▪ The good news is that in many countries the definition of what constitutes ideal family size is already evolving downward.
▪ The decline of infant mortality makes it easier to accept the idea of smaller family size.
▪ Sam Ruang, who listens quietly, says decisions on matters like family size belong to Mariam.
▪ Moreover, family size may be a function of capital or income.
▪ Education also increases equality in the marriage relationship, giving women more control over decisions concerning family size.
▪ A 200-gram tube of Colgate, the family size that is popular in cities, costs roughly that much.
▪ Sir Walter Scott once said he was honoured to be a mere twig on the Swinton family tree.
▪ Perhaps you can give me some help on the family tree.
▪ Tracing your family tree Where do you start?
▪ There also are successful family trees that grow both vertically and horizontally.
▪ By the 1870s Darwinians were using diagrams showing hypothetical family trees to account for relationships among species.
▪ Her family tree included a former prime minister and the governor of Tokyo.
▪ But after the revolution, many family trees were destroyed or forgotten, especially in the cities.
▪ But all they could do was draw a family tree and suggest early and aggressive screenings.
▪ Housing mirrors the isolated and privatised nature of domestic labour and reinforces each self-contained family unit.
▪ In the future the development of specialised products may well become more important on family units.
▪ It is worth sounding a warning to those who are part of a tightly-knit family unit.
▪ Substitute care was seen as supporting parents as well as providing for children's needs, and practical assistance as preserving the family unit.
▪ The smaller family units can not cope with grandparents either in terms of money or space.
▪ They were contributors to a family wage rather than independent earners, but they were not members of a family unit of production.
▪ Construction and cultivation require cooperation within the family unit and within the community.
▪ The farms were run as family units with an important role for the wife.
▪ They must contribute towards constructing genuine communities, family values generating City values.
▪ Indeed, many people here made their money under Republican leadership and cite family values and school choice as their chief concerns.
▪ This is not because Las Vegas has suddenly discovered family values.
▪ In the 1994 bi-election year, prayer in the schools, so-called family values, and similar issues came to the forefront.
▪ If he for ever growled songs about factories, family values and running wild on a minimum wage they would be happy.
▪ Philandering erodes love and family values, but it does not necessarily destroy them.
▪ And after voicing Republican-tinged themes of smaller government and family values, he is sitting pretty in the polls.
▪ The major distortion of family values front an economic perspective is on the revenue side of the ledger.
▪ Other changes concern transformations of family structure, usually so that extended families are more distant and so have less control.
▪ The researchers concluded that the supportive atmosphere of the extended family had been sufficient to counterbalance the effects of the questionable diets.
▪ Therapy will extend to families of victims who often suffer their own trauma because of the abuse.
▪ Pretty and earthy, she can be aggressive or retreat believably, and has some nice scenes with her extended family.
▪ Alstom is also extending the product family concept to infrastructure elements, introducing two ranges of signalling equipment.
▪ Yet extending family is such a decisive factor in the success of working parents, they really can not afford their reluctance.
▪ Overcrowding has weakened the cherished tradition of extended families living together.
▪ Social workers try to help individuals and families by offering support, advice and practical assistance.
▪ Perhaps you can give me some help on the family tree.
▪ The states would get grant to help these working families buy coverage.
▪ A debt counsellor who's been helping the family says the lender has shown no compassion.
▪ More constructive measures were also introduced to help families with children financially and medically.
▪ At one of the seven outdoor and museum stops, professional paleontologists will help families dig for fossils.
▪ Instead we made them talk about where they lived and about their families.
▪ Less than one-third of children under six who lived in poor families lived in families that relied exclusively on welfare.
▪ Her parents were a stable influence and Beverley continued to live in the family home in the village of Corby Glenn.
▪ In 1987, over one million children were living in families with an unemployed head.
▪ Who are these breadwinners who, while employed, are none the less still living with their families in poverty?
▪ More than a million and a half children - one in eight - live in these one-parent families.
▪ Most live far from families and childhood friends.
▪ The heaviest burden falls upon the housewives, whose task it is to raise their families in these circumstances.
▪ They had married right after high school, and raised a large family on a meager budget.
▪ Members who are temporarily retired to raise families are also entitled to this concession.
▪ At times, he was saddened by never having married and raised a family of his own.
▪ Perhaps Reuben and Miriam were secretly not happy with the prospect of raising a family in Cork.
▪ Dole, raised in a Democratic family, registered as a Republican because the party dominated local politics.
▪ Many left to marry and raise families.
▪ You can walk down the street, raise your family, earn a living.
immediate family
▪ Cancer claimed the lives of her parents and hit 14 of 17 people in her immediate family.
▪ Her husband and her immediate family live in Moscow.
▪ Instead she joined her immediate family for a service at the private chapel on the Althorp estate.
▪ My own camp was wedged between the two branches of my immediate family.
▪ Oh, and I should probably start with your immediate family.
▪ She was not going out at all and was communicating very little with her immediate family.
▪ She was respectfully requested to keep the fact he is on special assignment to herself and her immediate family.
▪ The brotherhood of man did not end with the immediate family of siblings at which it began.
labouring class/family etc
▪ Although in other poems Leapor shows that labouring class women can be desperately unhappy in marriage, she is not unequivocal.
▪ Day schooling was received by only a minority of children from the labouring classes, in some parishes a very tiny one.
▪ Even 2 out of every 3 farm labouring families stayed put and overall 3 out of every 4 households remained virtually the same.
▪ For the most part, however, the labouring classes did not move very far.
▪ His poetry often depicts labouring class life vividly.
▪ Relatively little attention has been paid to the origins of labouring class poetry.
▪ Stephen Duck, however, is not the first instance of a labouring class poet in the eighteenth century.
▪ The claims made for these poems, however, reveal some of the difficulties in a discussion of labouring class poetry.
landed gentry/family/nobility
▪ But it certainly suited the dominant landed gentry to interpret him in that way.
▪ For the landed nobility, the impact of Emancipation was deeply disturbing.
▪ It was built originally by one of the old wool merchants, who wanted to establish his family as landed gentry.
▪ Redmond is Harry Trench, a new doctor and youngest son of landed gentry with a small investment income.
▪ The landed gentry planted for their grandchildren avenues of hardwood that they themselves would never see.
▪ The landed nobility provided tsarism with a perilously narrow social base.
▪ The King appointed them to high offices of state, which the aristocracy and landed gentry considered to be their prerogative.
▪ The main burden borne by the peasantry remained that of the State and the landed nobility.
play happy families
problem child/family/drinker etc
▪ A basic issue between Paul and the Corinthian problem children was over a proper understanding of the self.
▪ Another reason to consider a moderation-goal option is that a broader range of problem drinkers can be attracted and treated.
▪ BAccording to a federal survey, men are much more likely to be problem drinkers than women.
▪ Data collection is mainly by questionnaire and structured interviews with families, youth groups and problem drinkers.
▪ It does reflect the position of the Corinthian problem children, however.
▪ Services for problem drinkers are very fragmented at present.
▪ They were talking about a problem child.
▪ This problem drinker population has been largely ignored or at least underserved.
run in the family
▪ Asthma seems to run in our family.
▪ Good looks must run in the family.
▪ Twins run in the family, so it didn't surprise us when we heard the news.
▪ And yet great passions, or the tendency to them, seemed to run in the family.
▪ Best not to say anything about it running in the family.
▪ It's more of a case of maintaining form while others struggle, and it often runs in the family.
▪ Jimmy Souness, who was a school cleaner, had a history of heart disease which runs in the family.
▪ The truth was that deafness ran in the family.
▪ Writing books about grandparents seems to run in the family.
start a family
▪ But then couples began to wait longer before starting families and also began to worry more about money.
▪ Effects on family life probably include contrary tendencies - accelerating or delaying decisions to start families, for example.
▪ Hirsh was a hospital pharmacist who needed to hold down two jobs to save money to start a family.
▪ Many of these women may still start families in their late 20s or 30s.
▪ Nadia Comaneci and her husband, Bart Conner, want to start a family.
▪ They may have started, or are about to start a family.
▪ This is unlikely to deter parents wishing to start a family at a more mature age than usual.
▪ Though women friends my age were talking about marriage and starting a family, I remained unsure.
the bosom of the family/the Church etc
the first family
▪ A lot of the families living in this area are very poor.
▪ Do you know the family next door?
▪ Having an intact nuclear family does not guarantee that a child will turn out well.
▪ He comes from a family of eight children.
▪ Her family came to America from Scotland in about 1750.
▪ I grew up in a large family in the South.
▪ My extended family usually gets together at holidays.
▪ Only her immediate family knew she had heart disease.
▪ Our family has lived around here for hundreds of years.
▪ Pearl is the last surviving member of her family.
▪ Single-parent families are much more common these days.
▪ Spanish and Italian are part of the Romance language family.
▪ The cost of sending kids to college - even for a small family - is extremely high.
▪ The resort isn't really the place for people with young families.
▪ tigers and other members of the cat family
▪ Various members of the Kennedy family were at the funeral.
▪ And last but not least, the baby of the family.
▪ It is their village now, just as much as it was for the old village families.
▪ Predictably they will tell the adviser that they can not rehouse all those families and perhaps the tenant can contact the police.
▪ Secondly, in family abuse, the history of the relationships may be of great significance in current abuse.
▪ The following computations are based on both general assumptions about all families and specific assumptions about families at specific income levels.
▪ Until recently, all she and her family could do was wait and see.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

natural family \nat"u*ral fam"i*ly\, n. (Biol.) a group of living organisms classed as a family in a toxonomic classification.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "servants of a household," from Latin familia "family servants, domestics collectively, the servants in a household," thus also "members of a household, the estate, property; the household, including relatives and servants," from famulus "servant, slave," which is of unknown origin.\n

\nThe Latin word rarely appears in the sense "parents with their children," for which domus (see domestic (adj.)) was used. Derivatives of famulus include famula "serving woman, maid," famulanter "in the manner of a servant," famulitas "servitude," familiaris "of one's household, private," familiaricus "of household slaves," familiaritas "close friendship."\n

\nIn English, sense of "collective body of persons who form one household under one head and one domestic government, including parents, children, and servants, and as sometimes used even lodgers or boarders" [Century Dictionary] is from 1540s. From 1660s as "parents with their children, whether they dwell together or not," also in a more general sense, "persons closely related by blood, including aunts, uncles, cousins;" earlier "those who descend from a common progenitor" (1580s). Meaning "those claiming descent from a common ancestor, a house, a lineage" is early 15c. Hence, "any group of things classed as kindred based on common distinguishing characteristics" (1620s); as a scientific classification, between genus and order, from 1753.\n\nI have certainly known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots.

[William Butler Yeats, "Autobiography"]

\nReplaced Old English hiwscipe, hiwan "family," cognate with Old Norse hjon "one of the household; married couple, man and wife; domestic servant," and with Old High German hiwo "husband," hiwa "wife," also with Lithuanian šeimyna "family," Gothic haims "village," Old English ham "village, home" (see home (n.)).\n

\nAs an adjective from c.1600; with the meaning "suitable for a family," by 1807. Family values first recorded 1966. Phrase in a family way "pregnant" is from 1796. Family circle is 1809; family man "man devoted to wife and children, man inclined to lead a domestic life" is 1856 (earlier it meant "thief," 1788, from family in a slang sense of "the fraternity of thieves"). Family-tree "graph of ancestral relations" attested from 1752:\n\nHe was dressed in his best Coat, which had served him in the same Capacity before my Birth, and possibly, might be but little short in Antiquity, to the Root of his third Family Tree; and indeed, he made a venerable Figure in it. ["A Genuine Account of the Life and Transactions of Howell ap David Price, Gentleman of Wales," London, 1752]\n

\nHappy family an assemblage of animals of diverse habits and propensities living amicably, or at least quietly, together in one cage.

[Century Dictionary, 1902]

\nThe phrase is attested from 1844.

a. 1 Suitable for children and adults. 2 Conservative, traditional. 3 (context slang English) Homosexual. n. (lb en countable) A group of people who are closely related to one another (by blood, marriage or adoption); for example, a set of parents and their children; an immediate family.

  1. n. a social unit living together; "he moved his family to Virginia"; "It was a good Christian household"; "I waited until the whole house was asleep"; "the teacher asked how many people made up his home" [syn: household, house, home, menage]

  2. primary social group; parents and children; "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family" [syn: family unit]

  3. people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower" [syn: family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry]

  4. a collection of things sharing a common attribute; "there are two classes of detergents" [syn: class, category]

  5. an association of people who share common beliefs or activities; "the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family"; "the church welcomed new members into its fellowship" [syn: fellowship]

  6. (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera; "sharks belong to the fish family"

  7. a person having kinship with another or others; "he's kin"; "he's family" [syn: kin, kinsperson]

  8. a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities [syn: syndicate, crime syndicate, mob]

Family (1976 TV series)

Family is an American television drama series that aired on the ABC television network from 1976 to 1980. Creative control of the show was split among executive producers Leonard Goldberg, Aaron Spelling and Mike Nichols. A total of 86 episodes were produced. It is not related to the ABC sitcom A New Kind of Family that aired concurrently with Family during its final season.

Family (disambiguation)

A family is a domestic or social group.

Family or The Family may refer to:

Family (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

"Family" is the sixth episode of season 5 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was written and directed by series creator Joss Whedon and is the only episode of the series to feature the character of Tara Maclay as the central figure of the narrative. This episode is also one of early acting works of multiple Academy Awards nominee Amy Adams.

Family (Masters of Horror)

Family is the second episode of the second season of Masters of Horror. It originally aired in North America on November 3, 2006. The DVD was released on April 17, 2007. It is the fifteenth episode and the sixteenth episode to be released on DVD.

Family (Spanish band)

Family was a cult band from Spain in the 1990s. Although initially unsuccessful, Family gradually acquired a fanbase and is now highly recognised in the Spanish underground pop scene. Their only album, Un Soplo en el Corazón has been praised for its poetic lyrics, inspired music and elegant artwork. 'A tribute CD was published by the magazine Rockdelux in 2003 which featured acts including Fangoria, La Casa Azul and Los Planetas.

Family (biology)

In biological classification, family (, plural ) is one of the eight major taxonomic ranks; it is classified between order and genus. A family may be divided into subfamilies, which are intermediate ranks above the rank of genus. In vernacular usage, a family may be named after one of its common members; for example, walnuts and hickory trees belong to the family Juglandaceae, commonly known as the walnut family.

What does or does not belong to a family—or whether a described family should be recognized at all—are proposed and determined by practicing taxonomists. There are no hard rules for describing or recognizing a family, or any taxa. Taxonomists often take different positions about descriptions of taxa, and there may be no broad consensus across the scientific community for some time. Some described taxa are accepted broadly and quickly, but others only rarely, if at all; the publishing of new data and opinion often enables adjustments and consensus over time.

Family (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

"Family" is the second episode of the fourth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the 76th episode overall. It was originally released on October 1, 1990, in broadcast syndication. It was written by Ronald D. Moore, from an idea by Michael Piller. It featured additional work taken from a spec script by Susanne Lambdin. "Family" was directed by Les Landau.

Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise. In this episode, the Enterprise is docked at Earth following the events of "The Best of Both Worlds". Captain Jean-Luc Picard ( Patrick Stewart) visits his brother's family in France, where he begins to come to terms with his treatment by the Borg. Wesley Crusher ( Wil Wheaton) views a holographic recording made by his deceased father, Jack ( Doug Wert). Meanwhile, Lt. Worf's ( Michael Dorn) adoptive parents Sergey ( Theodore Bikel) and Helena Rozehenko ( Georgia Brown) come on-board the Enterprise to comfort him following his discommendation.

Initially, executive producer Rick Berman wanted a science-based subplot included, but Piller convinced him otherwise. The premise was hated by series creator Gene Roddenberry, but Moore's script went into production nonetheless. "Family" had an extended guest cast, some of whom returned later in the series. The episode received a Nielsen rating of 9.6 percent, the lowest of the season. However, it has been referred to by critics as one of the best episodes of the series. The guest cast was praised, as was the Picard-centric plot with Stewart's performance in the scene where he confesses his feelings about the Borg held up as a highlight.

Family (band)

Family are an English rock band, active from late 1966 to October 1973, and again since 2013 for a series of live shows. Their style has been characterised as progressive rock, as their sound often explored other genres, incorporating elements of styles such as folk, psychedelia, acid, jazz fusion and rock and roll. The band achieved recognition in the United Kingdom through their albums, club and concert tours and appearances at festivals.

The band's rotating membership throughout its relatively short existence led to a diversity in sound throughout their different albums. Family are also often seen as an unjustly forgotten act, when compared with other bands from the same period and have been described as an "odd band loved by a small but rabid group of fans". Although most of their recordings were issued in the US, the band never achieved any appreciable success there.

Family (musical instruments)

A family of musical instruments is a grouping of several different but related sizes or types of instruments. Some schemes of musical instrument classification, such as the Hornbostel-Sachs system, are based on a hierarchy of instrument families and families of families.

Some commonly recognized families are:

  • Brass family
  • Strings family
  • Woodwind family
  • Percussion Family
  • Keyboard Family

Family relationships are not always clear-cut. For example, some authorities regard families as encompassing only instruments of different pitch range that have similar construction and tone quality. They therefore, for example, do not regard the cor anglais as a member of the oboe family, because its narrow bore and piriform bell give it a distinctly different tone quality from the oboe.

Family (2001 film)

Family is a 2001 Japanese yakuza film directed by Takashi Miike.

Family (House)

"Family" is the twenty-first episode of the third season of House, and the sixty-seventh episode overall.

Family (Japanese film)
Family (Think About Life album)

Family is the second album by Think About Life, released on May 26, 2009.

In a favourable review, critic Ben Rayner singled out the songs "Johanna" ("think digital-age Sly & The Family Stone") and "Sofa-bed", "which sounds like TV on the Radio with a clearer sense of melody."

Family (May J. album)

Family is the second album released by May J. and her first under the label Rhythm Zone. No singles were released form the album. It entered the daily Oricon chart at #5 and climbed to #3.

Family (Le Loup album)

Family is the second album by indie band Le Loup. It was released on September 22, 2009.

Family (1994 TV series)

Family is a television drama mini-series that aired on RTÉ One and BBC1 in 1994. It was written by Roddy Doyle, the author of The Commitments, and directed by Michael Winterbottom.

Family (LeAnn Rimes album)

Family is the ninth studio album by American country recording artist LeAnn Rimes, released October 9, 2007, by Curb Records in the United States. It was produced primarily by musician and record producer Dann Huff, with additional production by Tony Brown and guest vocalist Reba McEntire.

Family is the first album in Rimes' career where she has co-written every song for an album.

The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 74,200 copies in its first week. Upon its release, Family received positive reviews from most music critics, who complimented Rimes' performance and songwriting. It earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for the album's lead single " Nothin' Better to Do".


In the context of human society, a family (from ) is a group of people affiliated either by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage or any other relation ship like siblings families etc..), or co-residence (as implied by the etymology of the English word "family") or shared consumption (see nurture kinship), or some combination of these. Members of the immediate family includes spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, sons and/or daughters. Members of the extended family may include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and/or siblings-in-law. Sometimes these are also considered members of the immediate family, depending on an individual's specific relationship.

In most societies, the family is the principal institution for the socialization of children. As the basic unit for raising children, anthropologists generally classify most family organization as matrifocal (a mother and her children); conjugal (a husband, his wife, and children, also called the nuclear family); avuncular (for example, a grandparent, a brother, his sister, and her children); or extended (parents and children co-reside with other members of one parent's family). Sexual relations among the members are regulated by rules concerning incest such as the incest taboo.

The word "family" can be used metaphorically to create more inclusive categories such as community, nationhood, global village and humanism.

The field of genealogy aims to trace family lineages through history.

Family is also an important economic unit studied in family economics.

Family (Blumenfeld)

Family is a public artwork by American artist Helaine Blumenfeld located on the Henry Reuss Federal Plaza, which is in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. The sculpture is made from Norwegian blue granite. It consists of five forms, with the largest form measuring approximately 89 x 58 x 27 inches. Family was installed in the Henry Reuss Federal Plaza in 1983.

Family (US Census)

A family or family household is defined by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes as "a householder and one or more other people related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption. They do not include same-sex married couples even if the marriage was performed in a state issuing marriage certificates for same-sex couples. Same-sex couple households are included in the family households category if there is at least one additional person related to the householder by birth or adoption. Same-sex couple households with no relatives of the householder present are tabulated in nonfamily households."

Hence, households consisting of grandparents and grandchildren without the intervening generation are not "families", nor are same-sex married couples even where such marriages are recognized, nor unmarried opposite-sex partners ( POSSLQs).

Family (Noah Gundersen album)

Family is the self-released third EP by Noah Gundersen. It was recorded by Daniel Mendez (who has previously worked with Lit, Dashboard Confessional, Duran Duran, Heart, and Train) and mastered by Ed Brooks in just under a week in Dallas. It was released on August 6, 2011. The 7-track EP features Noah's sister, Abby Gundersen, who plays violin and sings vocal harmonies on several tracks. Family has been called genre-defying and at times reminiscent of Ryan Adams, Fleet Foxes, Tom Waits, and Neil Young. The EP can be downloaded on Noah Gundersen's Bandcamp page.

Noah felt the title of the EP to be fitting as it "pays homage to the people who have shaped his life." "Family comes in many forms," says Noah. "It lives with us, for better and for worse. It shapes us. That's what this album is about."

Family (2006 film)

Family (also known as Family – Ties of Blood) is a 2006 Bollywood crime drama film directed by Rajkumar Santoshi. The film features Amitabh Bachchan, Bhoomika Chawla and Aryeman Ramsay in lead roles. It released on 12 January 2006, and received mixed response from critics, however bombed at the box office. The movie was debut movie for Aryeman Ramsay, though the role was powerful however he faced negative feedbacks from critics.

Family (The Secret Circle)

"Family" is the 22nd and the last episode of the first season of the CW television series The Secret Circle, and the series' 22nd and last episode overall. It was aired on May 10, 2012. The episode was written by Andrew Miller & Andrea Newman and it was directed by Dave Barrett.

One day after the final episode was aired, on May 11, 2012, the CW cancelled the series. The ratings decline in the second half of the season, the expensive cost of special effects, and dramatic locations were cited as reasons for the show's cancellation.

Family (Willie Nelson's band)

The Family is Willie Nelson's touring and recording group. Nelson, who did not manage through the 1960s to succeed as a singer, retired after the failure of his 1971 album Yesterday's Wine. The following year, he returned from retirement rejuvenated by the burgeoning music movement of Austin, Texas.

In 1973, he formed a new backing band. The new lineup consisted of some of the members of his old road band "The Record Men," with the addition of new members. The original lineup included his sister, Bobbie, on the piano; drummer Paul English; harmonicist Mickey Raphael; bassist Bee Spears; and guitarist Jody Payne. The current lineup includes all the members but Jody Payne, who retired in 2008, and Bee Spears, who died in 2011. Billy English joined in 2010 to help his brother Paul after he suffered a stroke the same year. Replacing Spears, Kevin Smith joined the band in 2011.

Family (2012 TV series)

Family is a 2012 South Korean family sitcom starring Hwang Shin-hye, Ahn Suk-hwan, Park Ji-yoon and Park Hee-von. It aired on KBS2 from August 13, 2012 to February 6, 2013, on Mondays to Fridays at 19:45 for 120 episodes.

Also known under its previous title Shut Up Family .

Family (Ignite album)

Family is the third studio release by Californian melodic hardcore band Ignite.

Family (Thompson album)

Family is the debut studio album by folk rock family ensemble Thompson. It was released by Fantasy Records, part of Concord Music, on 17 November 2014.

Family (2003 TV series)

Family is an ITV crime drama series, first broadcast on 29 September 2003, starring Martin Kemp and Jamie Foreman as the protagonists, Joey and Dave Cutler. Based on a crime family operating in London's east-end, Family only lasted one series before being axed by the broadcaster. A DVD of the complete series was released on March 30, 2009.

Family (1996 film)

Family is a 1996 Telugu drama film produced by Leela-Laila-Lalini-Lalitha on Vijaya Bapineedu Productions banner and directed by Vijaya Bapineedu. Starring Rajendra Prasad, Ooha in the lead roles and music composed by Prasanna Swaraj. The film was a remake of Tamil film Kaalam Maari Pochu (1996).

Family (2001 Dutch film)

Family is a 2001 Dutch drama film directed by Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen.

Usage examples of "family".

Mishani would never have believed it possible - not only that Lucia had been allowed to reach eight harvests of age in the first place, but also that the Empress was foolish enough to think the high families would allow an Aberrant to rule Saramyr.

I that the high families would sooner see an Aberrant on the throne than a Weaver.

An elderly family friend had abused her when she was six, and she had been indecently assaulted in a Gloucester park at the age of thirteen.

While child abuse is an ever-increasing fact of British life, now estimated to afflict one family in every twelve, not every abused child goes on to kill.

The abuser creates a situation in which everyone in the family is dependent upon him.

Often trauma victims are too concerned with finding their family, surviving, grieving deaths, getting away from their abuser, etc.

From her own experience, she has become aware that there are many women like herself who leave the Family and fall into similarly controlling and abusive situations, which tend to perpetuate the experiences that they had while in the cult.

That Abies had taken a knife or whatever was handiest and had already massacred the entire family.

Then Fagin pushed hard for some sort of gas attack, which Banish rejected as well, saying that the Abies family might have gas masks themselves and, if so, the agents and marshals going in would be facing a slaughter.

A woman raised in an environment so full of honor and respect, and someone who, according to the academician, led her whole family around by their noses, had thought it worthwhile to talk to him, and in a way that came rather close to friendliness.

Out of politeness the countess looked at her husband before accepting the invitation, but he cried out, without ceremony, that he was ready to go if I took the whole family.

Each great natural family has requisites that define it, and the characters that make it recognizable are the nearest to these fundamental conditions: thus, reproduction being the major function of the plant, the embryo will be its most important part, and it becomes possible to divide the vegetable kingdom into three classes: acotyledons, monocotyledons, and dicotyledons.

She had hoped that by bringing Conward into the house, by bringing Irene under the influence of a close family acquaintanceship with him, that that young lady might be led to see the folly of the road she was choosing.

Margland was a woman of family and fashion, but reduced, through the gaming and extravagance of her father, to such indigence, that, after sundry failures in higher attempts, she was compelled to acquiesce in the good offices of her friends, which placed her as a governess in the house of Sir Hugh.

Their attachment also to the ancient royal family had been much weakened by their habits of submission to the Danish princes, and by their late election of Harold or their acquiescence in his usurpation.