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family British & World English

A group consisting of two parents and their children living together as a unit

pro-family British & World English

Promoting family life and traditional moral values

family hour British & World English

A period in the evening during which many children and their families watch television, especially 8 to 9 p.m.

family man British & World English

A man with a wife (or long-term partner) and children, especially one who enjoys home life

family room British & World English

A room in a pub in which children are allowed, in the company of an adult or adults

family tree British & World English

A diagram showing the relationship between people in several generations of a family

Holy Family British & World English

Christ as a child with Mary and Joseph (and often also others such as John the Baptist or St Anne), especially as a subject for a painting

birth family British & World English

One’s biological parents and siblings, as opposed to adoptive relatives

family bible British & World English

A bible designed to be used at family prayers, typically one with space on its flyleaves for recording important family events

family court British & World English

A court of law that handles cases involving domestic issues such as divorce, child custody, etc.

family credit British & World English

(Formerly in the UK) a regular payment by the state to a family with an income below a certain level

family doctor British & World English

Another term for general practitioner.

family jewels British & World English

Valuable items of jewellery belonging to a particular family and handed down from one generation to the next

family leave British & World English

An excused absence from work for the purpose of dealing with family matters, especially the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a sick parent or spouse

family-owned British & World English

(Of a business) owned or run by members of a single family

family-sized British & World English

Large enough to suit or satisfy a whole family

family style British & World English

Designating a style of preparation or serving of food in which diners help themselves from plates of food that have been put on the table

family values British & World English

Values supposedly learned within a traditional family unit, typically those of high moral standards and discipline

first family British & World English

A family considered to rank first in social prestige or pedigree in a particular place

intact family British & World English

A nuclear family in which membership has remained constant, in the absence of divorce or other divisive factors

blended family British & World English

A family consisting of a couple, the children they have had together, and their children from previous relationships

Family Division British & World English

(In the UK) the division of the High Court dealing with adoption, divorce, and other family matters

family medicine British & World English

The branch of medicine designed to provide basic health care to all the members of a family

family planning British & World English

The practice of controlling the number of children one has and the intervals between their births, particularly by means of contraception or voluntary sterilization

extended family British & World English

A family which extends beyond the nuclear family to include grandparents and other relatives

nuclear family British & World English

A couple and their dependent children, regarded as a basic social unit

family allowance British & World English

Former term for child benefit.

start a family British & World English

Conceive one’s first child

sell the family silver British & World English

Part with a valuable resource for immediate advantage

sell the family jewels British & World English

Part with or sell valuable or precious resources for the sake of immediate profit or advantage

start a family in start British & World English

Conceive one’s first child

sell the family silver in family British & World English

Part with a valuable resource for immediate advantage

sell the family jewels in family jewels British & World English

Part with or sell valuable or precious resources for the sake of immediate profit or advantage

family-size in family-sized British & World English

Large enough to suit or satisfy a whole family

multifamily British & World English

Denoting or relating to accommodation designed for occupation by more than one family

stepfamily British & World English

A family that is formed on the remarriage of a divorced or widowed person and that includes a child or children

one-parent British & World English

Denoting or relating to a family consisting of one person bringing up a child or children without a partner

auk family in auk British & World English

A short-winged diving seabird found in northern oceans, typically with a black head and black and white underparts

cat family in cat1 British & World English

A small domesticated carnivorous mammal with soft fur, a short snout, and retractile claws. It is widely kept as a pet or for catching mice, and many breeds have been developed

cod family in cod1 British & World English

A large marine fish with a small barbel on the chin

dog family in dog British & World English

A domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, non-retractile claws, and a barking, howling, or whining voice

pea family in pea British & World English

The hardy Eurasian climbing plant which yields pods containing peas

pig family in pig British & World English

An omnivorous domesticated hoofed mammal with sparse bristly hair and a flat snout for rooting in the soil, kept for its meat

arum family in arum British & World English

A European plant which has arrow-shaped leaves and a broad leafy spathe enclosing a club-shaped spadix. Pollination is by small flies which are temporarily trapped by the plant

iris family in iris British & World English

A plant with showy flowers, typically of purple or yellow, and sword-shaped leaves. Irises are native to both Eurasia and North America and widely cultivated as ornamentals

jack family in jack1 British & World English

A marine fish that is typically laterally compressed with a row of large spiky scales along each side, important in many places as food or game fish

mint family in mint1 British & World English

An aromatic plant native to temperate regions of the Old World, several kinds of which are used as culinary herbs


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