family ( families plural )
1 n-count-coll A family is a group of people who are related to each other, especially parents and their children.
There's room in there for a family of five..., His family are completely behind him, whatever he decides..., To him the family is the core of society..., Does he have any family?
2 n-count-coll When people talk about a family, they sometimes mean children.
They decided to start a family., ...couples with large families.
3 n-count-coll When people talk about their family, they sometimes mean their ancestors.
Her family came to Los Angeles at the turn of the century., ...the history of mental illness in the family.
4 adj You can use family to describe things that belong to a particular family.
He returned to the family home..., I was working in the family business.
5 adj You can use family to describe things that are designed to be used or enjoyed by both parents and children.
It had been designed as a family house..., A wedding is a family event.
6 n-count A family of animals or plants is a group of related species. with supp ...foods in the cabbage family, such as Brussels sprouts.
extended family ( extended families plural ) An extended family is a family group which includes relatives such as uncles, aunts, and grandparents, as well as parents, children, and brothers and sisters. n-count
The pregnant woman in such a community has the support of all the womenfolk in her extended family.
family doctor ( family doctors plural ) A family doctor is a doctor who does not specialize in any particular area of medicine, but who has a medical practice in which he or she treats all types of illness.
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family man ( family men plural )
1 n-count Afamily man is a man who is very fond of his wife and children and likes to spend a lot of time with them.
I'm very much a family man and need to be close to those I love.
2 n-count Afamily man is a man who has a wife and children.
I am a family man with a mortgage.
family name ( family names plural ) Your family name is your surname. n-count
Family planning is the practice of using contraception to control the number of children you have. n-uncount oft N n
...a family planning clinic.
family tree ( family trees plural ) A family tree is a chart that shows all the people in a family over many generations and their relationship to one another. n-count
nuclear family ( nuclear families plural ) A nuclear family is a family unit that consists of father, mother, and children. n-count
one-parent family ( one-parent families plural ) A one-parent family is a family that consists of one parent and his or her children living together. n-count
Many children are now born into or raised in one-parent families.
royal family ( royal families plural ) Theroyal family of a country is the king, queen, or emperor, and all the members of their family. n-count