As you can see below the definitions for the word family are many. I have a very large extended family and like the fact that many of the definitions for family do not use the word blood relation or biological because to me family is much much more than that. I have several very important people in my life who are my family; they may not be blood relatives but they have been there for me and loved me as if I was. You may not get to pick who you are related to but you sure can pick your family.


 [famuh-lee, fam-lee]
noun, plural families.

  1. a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children,considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not:
    the traditional family.
  2. a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with thechildren they care for:
    a single-parent family.

the children of one person or one couple collectively:

We want a large family.

the spouse and children of one person:

We’re taking the family on vacation next week.

any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children,uncles, aunts, and cousins:

to marry into a socially prominent family.

all those persons considered as descendants of a common progenitor.

Chiefly British. approved lineage, especially noble, titled, famous, orwealthy ancestry:

young men of family.

a group of persons who form a household under one head, includingparents, children, and servants.

the staff, or body of assistants, of an official:

the office family.

a group of related things or people:

the family of romantic poets; the halogen family of elements.

a group of people who are generally not blood relations but who sharecommon attitudes, interests, or goals and, frequently, live together:

Many hippie communes of the sixties regarded themselves as families.

a group of products or product models made by the samemanufacturer or producer.

Biology. the usual major subdivision of an order or suborder in theclassification of plants, animals, fungi, etc., usually consisting ofseveral genera.

Slang. a unit of the Mafia or Cosa Nostra operating in one area under alocal leader.

Linguistics. the largest category into which languages related bycommon origin can be classified with certainty:

Indo-European, Sino-Tibetan, and Austronesian are the most widelyspoken families of languages.
Compare stock (def 12), subfamily (def 2).


  1. a given class of solutions of the same basic equation, differing fromone another only by the different values assigned to the constants inthe equation.
  2. a class of functions or the like defined by an expression containing aparameter.
  3. a set.

of, relating to, or characteristic of a family:

a family trait.

belonging to or used by a family:

a family automobile; a family room.

suitable or appropriate for adults and children:

a family amusement park.

not containing obscene language:

a family newspaper.

in a /the family way, pregnant.
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  1. I have many people in my “family” who are not related.


  2. Thanks Kris, this is interesting – and useful.


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