(noun, adjective)


1. Suitable for children and adults.

- It's not good for a date, it's a family restaurant.

- Some animated movies are not just for kids, they are family movies.

2. Conservative, traditional.

- The cultural struggle is for the survival of family values against all manner of atheistic amorality.

3. (slang) Homosexual.

- I knew he was family when I first met him.


1. a social unit living together

- he moved his family to Virginia

- the family refused to accept his will

Similar word(s): home, house, household, menage

Definition categories: group, unit

2. primary social group; parents and children

- he wanted to have a good job before starting a family

Definition categories: group, clan, kin, kindred, tribe

3. a collection of things sharing a common attribute

Similar word(s): category, class

Definition categories: group, accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection

4. people descended from a common ancestor

- his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower

Similar word(s): folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept

Definition categories: group, ancestry, blood, bloodline, descent, line, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock

5. a person having kinship with another or others

- he's family

Similar word(s): kin, kinsperson

Definition categories: person, relation, relative

6. (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera

- sharks belong to the fish family

Definition categories: group, taxon

7. a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

Similar word(s): mob, syndicate

Definition categories: group, gangland

8. 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

Similar word(s): fellowship

Definition categories: group, association

Sentences with family as a noun:

- Our family lives in town.

- crime family, Mafia family

- This is my fraternity family at the university.

- Our company is one big happy family.

- Magnolias belong to the family Magnoliaceae.

- Doliracetam is a drug from the racetam family.

- the brass family;  the violin family

- the Indo-European language family;  the Afro-Asiatic language family

- The dog was kept as a family pet.

- For Apocynaceae, this type of flower is a family characteristic.