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family British & World English

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

family English Thesaurus

growing up in the bosom of one's family

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

family unit British & World English

The members of a family, regarded as a single social group within society as a whole

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

pro-family British & World English

Promoting family life and traditional moral values

family tree English Thesaurus

I traced my own family tree

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 circle British & World English

The members of a family, regarded as a group

family court British & World English

A court of law that hears cases involving domestic issues such as divorce and child custody

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

foster family British & World English

A family that provides custody or guardianship for children whose parents are dead or unable to look after them properly

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

extended family British & World English

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

family business British & World English

A business that is owned or run by members of a single family

family butcher British & World English

A butcher who sells meat to households

Family Division British & World English

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

family-friendly British & World English

Suitable for or aimed at families with children

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

family practice British & World English

The work of a doctor who provides basic health care to members of the local community

family viewing British & World English

The action of watching films or television programmes as a family with children

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

family entertainment British & World English

Entertainment that is suitable for children as well as adults

family planning clinic British & World English

A clinic that provides advice about contraception and matters relating to sexual health

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

one-parent British & World English

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

start a family in start British & World English

Conceive one’s first child

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


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