Family

Definition of Family

Fam´i`ly
n.1.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.
2.The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society.
The welfare of the family underlies the welfare of society.
- H. Spencer.
3.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.
Go ! and pretend your family is young.
- Pope.
4.Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage.
5.Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of family.
6.A group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a family of languages; a family of States; the chlorine family.
7.(Biol.) 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.
Family circle
See under Circle.
Family man
a - A man who has a family; esp., one who has a wife and children living with him and dependent upon him.
b - A man of domestic habits.
Family of curves
(Geom.) a group of curves or surfaces derived from a single equation.
- Mayhew.
In a family way
like one belonging to the family.
In the family way
pregnant.
- Thackeray.

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