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family US English

A group consisting of parents and children living together in a household

family US Thesaurus

I met his family

family boat US English

A boat designed to convey or house a family.

family cap US 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 US 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 US English

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

family head US English

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

family home US 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 US English

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

family line US English

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

family man US English

A man who lives with his wife and children, especially one who enjoys home life

family name US English

A surname

family pew US English

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

family room US English

A living room used by all family members for recreation and relaxation

family seat US English

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

family tie US English

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

family tree US English

A diagram showing the relationships between people in several generations of a family; a genealogical tree

family unit US English

The members of a family, especially parents and children, considered as a single entity within society

Holy Family US English

Jesus 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 US English

Promoting family life and traditional moral values

rue family US 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 US English

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

family tree US Thesaurus

the Internet has helped me trace my family tree

birth family US English

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

crime family US English

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

family album US 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 US 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 Bible US English

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

family centre US English

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

family circle US English

The members of a particular family, regarded as a group

family court US English

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

family credit US English

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

family doctor US English

A medical doctor who is trained to provide primary health care to patients of either sex and any age

family friend US English

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

family hotel US English

A hotel with special facilities or terms for families.

family house US 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 jewels US English

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

family leave US 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 living US English

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

family member US English

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

family-owned US English

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

family party US English

A social gathering for family members.

family piece US English

A picture, especially a painting, of a family.

family silver US English

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

family-sized US English

Large enough to suit or satisfy a whole family

family style US 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 US English

Values held to be traditionally learned or reinforced within a family, such as those of high moral standards and discipline

first family US English

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

foster family US English

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

happy family US English

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

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