In human context, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people affiliated by consanguinity, affinity, or co-residence. In most societies it is the principal institution for the socialization of children. Anthropologists most generally classify family organization as matrilocal (a mother and her children); conjugal (a wife, husband, and children, also called nuclear family); and consanguinal (also called an extended family) in which parents and children co-reside with other members of one parent's family.
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... Emily Smith had strong family ties to Chelsea, which centered around the church, in which her family took an active role ... In 1895 the Armstrong family moved from their brownstone row house at 347 West 29th Street to another similar house at 26 West 97th Street in the Upper West Side ... to improve his health the Armstrong family moved in 1902 from the Upper West Side into a house at 1032 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers, which overlooked the Hudson river ...
... After the German invasion of Poland in 1939 the family holdings in that country were gone, and all income from there ceased ... The family became destitute ... A friend of the family, a Russian sculptor, Naum Gabo, took Michael under his wing, so to speak ...
... on the side, and struggled to support his family ... of schooling, Irving found it necessary to take to the streets to help support his family ... that constituted his first day's receipts, his contribution to the family budget.” His mother took jobs as a midwife, and three of his sisters worked wrapping cigars, common for immigrant girls ...
More definitions of "family":
- (noun): An association of people who share common beliefs or activities.
Example: "The message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family"
- (noun): A social unit living together.
Example: "He moved his family to Virginia"
Synonyms: household, house, home, menage
- (noun): People descended from a common ancestor.
Example: "His family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
Synonyms: family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry
- (noun): A person having kinship with another or others.
Example: "He's family"
Synonyms: kin, kinsperson
- (noun): Primary social group; parents and children.
Example: "He wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
Synonyms: family unit
- (noun): (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera.
Example: "Sharks belong to the fish family"
- (noun): A loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities.
Synonyms: syndicate, crime syndicate, mob
Famous quotes containing the word family:
“If you understand why a monkey in a family is always mocked and harassed, you understand why monks are rejected by allboth old and young.”
—François Rabelais (14941553)
“We have a great deal more kindness than is ever spoken. Maugre all the selfishness that chills like east winds the world, the whole human family is bathed with an element of love like a fine ether.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
“If family violence teaches children that might makes right at home, how will we hope to cure the futile impulse to solve worldly conflicts with force?”
—Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century)