1. (n.) The collective body of persons who live in one house, and under one head or manager; a household, including parents, children, and servants, and, as the case may be, lodgers or boarders.

2. (n.) The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society.

3. (v. t.) Those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe, clan, or race; kindred; house; as, the human family; the family of Abraham; the father of a family.

4. (v. t.) Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage.

5. (v. t.) Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of family.

6. (n.) A group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a family of languages; a family of States; the chlorine family.

7. (n.) A group of organisms, either animal or vegetable, related by certain points of resemblance in structure or development, more comprehensive than a genus, because it is usually based on fewer or less pronounced points of likeness. In zoology a family is less comprehensive than an order; in botany it is often considered the same thing as an order.

affiliation agnate ancestors ancestry animal kingdom antonomasia apparentation ashram binomial nomenclature biosystematics biosystematy biotype birth blood blood relation blood relative bloodline body branch breed brood caste children clan clannish clansman class classification cognate collateral collateral relative colony common ancestry commonwealth commune community connections consanguinean consanguinity deme derivation descendants descent diphyletic direct direct line distaff side distant relation division dynasty economic class enate endogamous group ethnic extended family extraction family tree female line filiation flesh flesh and blood folk folks forebears forefathers fruit genealogical genealogy genetic genotype genre gens gentile gentilic genus german get glossology grandchildren great-grandchildren group hearth heirs home homefolks hostages to fortune house household inheritors issue kids kin kind kindred kinfolk kingdom kinnery kinsfolk kinship group kinsman kinsmen kinswoman kith and kin line line of descent lineage lineal little ones male line matriclan menage moiety nation national near relation new generation next of kin nomenclature nuclear family offspring onomastics onomatology order orismology parentage patriclan pedigree people phratria phratry phyle phyletic phylogenetic phylum place-names place-naming plant kingdom polyonymy posterity progenitors progeny race racial relations relatives rising generation section seed sept series set settlement sib sibling side social class society sons spear kin spear side species spindle kin spindle side stem stirp stirps stock strain subcaste subclass subdivision subfamily subgenus subkingdom suborder subspecies subtribe succession superclass superfamily superorder superspecies sword side systematics taxonomy terminology toponymy totem totemic treasures tribal tribe tribesman trinomialism type uterine kin variety younglings youngsters


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