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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 boat British & World English

A boat designed to convey or house a family.

family cap British & World English

A policy limiting the benefits made available to a family by the State; especially one that prevents a family in receipt of welfare assistance from receiving additional assistance because of the birth of another child.

family car British & World English

Originally US a car suitable for use by a family, (now) especially a vehicle of larger-than-average size designed to carry adults and children.

family care British & World English

Care provided for or by a family, now especially as opposed to that provided by an institution or medical professionals.

family head British & World English

The head of a family or household, especially one who earns money or makes decisions for the rest of the family.

family home British & World English

A home belonging to or lived in by a (particular) family, especially over several generations; (now also) a home suitable or designed for use by a 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 line British & World English

A line of descent; a family viewed as a series of descendants.

family pew British & World English

A pew in a church, chapel, etc., permanently reserved for the use of a particular (usually upper-class) family.

family seat British & World English

The country home of an upper-class family over several generations.

family tie British & World English

(Chiefly in plural) a bond or connection between two or more family members; an obligation to one's family.

rue family British & World English

The family Rutaceae, chiefly comprising woody shrubs and trees, often with strongly scented foliage and fruit, and of which the genus Ruta is the type.

rush family British & World English

The plant family Juncaceae, which includes the rushes (genus Juncus) and woodrushes (genus Luzula).

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, especially parents and children, considered as a single entity within society

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

crime family British & World English

An organized crime syndicate controlled by and centred around a specific family.

family album British & World English

A book in which contributions, such as verses and signatures, are inscribed by and for members of a particular family (now rare).

family altar British & World English

A place or structure in the home reserved for religious ritual or prayer; in Christian use, frequently used in figurative contexts relating to family prayers.

family centre British & World English

A place, person, etc., regarded as the nucleus or focal point of a particular family.

family friend British & World English

A person who is on friendly terms with a (particular) family; a friend of the family.

family hotel British & World English

A hotel with special facilities or terms for families.

family house British & World English

A house belonging to or lived in by a (particular) family, especially over several generations; (originally) specifically the country home of an upper-class family.

family living British & World English

A benefice which the head of a family can bestow or bequeath.

family member British & World English

A person who belongs to a (particular) family; a (close) relative.

family party British & World English

A social gathering for family members.

family piece British & World English

A picture, especially a painting, of a family.

family silver British & World English

Silverware belonging to a particular family, handed down from generation to generation, especially as an heirloom.

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

happy family British & World English

A family living together harmoniously (frequently as a conventional description). Also figurative: a group characterized by high morale, team spirit, etc.

mimosa family British & World English

The family Mimosaceae, one of the three separate families into which the Leguminosae are sometimes divided, characterized by small, regular flowers with numerous stamens, usually grouped in globular heads.

phlox family British & World English

The family Polemoniaceae.

river family British & World English

Each of a group of long-established, wealthy families living in the Hudson River valley in New York State; usually in plural.

royal family British & World English

The group of people closely related by birth or marriage to a monarch, specifically (frequently with capital initials) the family of the British monarch; also in extended use.

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 particular 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

A doctor based in the community who treats patients with minor or chronic illnesses and refers those with serious conditions to a hospital

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

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