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

Definitions of family word

  • noun plural family the children of one person or one couple collectively: We want a large family. 2
  • noun plural family the spouse and children of one person: We're taking the family on vacation next week. 2
  • noun plural family 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 family all those persons considered as descendants of a common progenitor. 1
  • noun plural family Chiefly British. approved lineage, especially noble, titled, famous, or wealthy ancestry: young men of family. 1
  • noun plural family a group of persons who form a household under one head, including parents, children, and servants. 1

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Origin of family

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 Family


family 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".

family usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for family

noun family

  • clan — A clan is a group which consists of families that are related to each other.
  • tribe — any aggregate of people united by ties of descent from a common ancestor, community of customs and traditions, adherence to the same leaders, etc.
  • group — any collection or assemblage of persons or things; cluster; aggregation: a group of protesters; a remarkable group of paintings.
  • people — persons indefinitely or collectively; persons in general: to find it easy to talk to people; What will people think?
  • house — a building in which people live; residence for human beings.

adjective family

  • domestic — of or relating to the home, the household, household affairs, or the family: domestic pleasures.
  • everyday — Happening or used every day; daily.
  • intimate — associated in close personal relations: an intimate friend.
  • private — privacy

Antonyms for family

noun family

  • parent — a father or a mother.

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