F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fam-uh-lee, fam-lee]
    • /ˈfæm ə li, ˈfæm li/
    • /ˈfæm.əl.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fam-uh-lee, fam-lee]
    • /ˈfæm ə li, ˈfæm li/

Definitions of families word

  • noun plural families a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not: the traditional family. a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for: a single-parent family. 1
  • noun plural families the children of one person or one couple collectively: We want a large family. 1
  • noun plural families the spouse and children of one person: We're taking the family on vacation next week. 1
  • noun plural families any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins: to marry into a socially prominent family. 1
  • noun plural families all those persons considered as descendants of a common progenitor. 1
  • noun plural families Chiefly British. approved lineage, especially noble, titled, famous, or wealthy ancestry: young men of family. 1

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Origin of families

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English familie < Latin familia a household, the slaves of a household, equivalent to famul(us) servant, slave + -ia -y3

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Parts of speech for Families


families popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

families usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for families

noun families

  • clans — Plural form of clan.
  • peoples — persons indefinitely or collectively; persons in general: to find it easy to talk to people; What will people think?
  • ancestries — Plural form of ancestry.
  • classes — a number of persons or things regarded as forming a group by reason of common attributes, characteristics, qualities, or traits; kind; sort: a class of objects used in daily living.
  • descents — Plural form of descent.

adjective families

  • domestics — Plural form of domestic.
  • intimates — associated in close personal relations: an intimate friend.
  • privates — belonging to some particular person: private property.

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