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Dictionary definition for: Family

1. (n) a social unit living together; "he moved his family to Virginia" "It was a good Christian household" "I waited until the whole house was asleep" "the teacher asked how many people made up his home"

2. (n) primary social group; parents and children; "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"

3. (n) people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"

4. (n) a collection of things sharing a common attribute; "there are two classes of detergents"

5. (n) 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" "the church welcomed new members into its fellowship"

6. (n) (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera; "sharks belong to the fish family"

7. (n) a person having kinship with another or others; "he''s kin" "he''s family"

8. (n) a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities

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