['fæmɪlɪ;-m(ə)l-] or ['fæməli]


(noun.) primary social group; parents and children; 'he wanted to have a good job before starting a family'.

(noun.) people descended from a common ancestor; 'his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower'.

(noun.) 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'.

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

(noun.) 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'.

达米安校对--From WordNet


(v. t.) The collective body of persons who live in one house, and under one head or manager; a household, including parents, children, and servants, and, as the case may be, lodgers or boarders.

(v. t.) The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society.

(v. t.) Those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe, clan, or race; kindred; house; as, the human family; the family of Abraham; the father of a family.

(v. t.) Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage.

(v. t.) Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of family.

(v. t.) A group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a family of languages; a family of States; the chlorine family.

(v. t.) A group of organisms, either animal or vegetable, related by certain points of resemblance in structure or development, more comprehensive than a genus, because it is usually based on fewer or less pronounced points of likeness. In zoology a family is less comprehesive than an order; in botany it is often considered the same thing as an order.



n. [1]. Household.[2]. Lineage, race, tribe, clan, kindred, house, line of ancestors.[3]. Order, group of genera.






n. the household or all those who live in one house under one head including parents children servants: the children of a person: the descendants of one common progenitor: race: honourable or noble descent: a group of animals plants languages &c. more comprehensive than a genus.—ns. Fam′ilism the family feeling; Fam′ilist one of the 16th-cent. mystical sect known as the Family of Love which based religion upon love independently of faith.—Family Bible a large Bible for family worship with a page for recording family events; Family coach a large carriage able to carry a whole family; Family man a man with a family: a domesticated man.—Be in the family way to be pregnant; In a family way in a domestic manner.



To dream of one's family as harmonious and happy, is significant of health and easy circumstances; but if there is sickness or contentions, it forebodes gloom and disappointment.



Originally a wife and several children, a matter of pride to the possessor. Now obsolete among the careful, or confined to the wife, a bull pup and a canary bird.





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