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family

n. 1) husband, wife and children. 2) all blood relations. 3) all who live in the same household including servants and relatives, with some person or persons directing this economic and social unit.

family

(Common ancestry), noun ancestry, birth, blood connection, clan, common extraction, common forebears, common lineage, common parentage, consanguinity, descent, dynasty, ethnic group, ethnicity, filiation, folk, genealogy, house, kin, kindred, kinsmen, line, line of ancestors, line of descent, lineage, origin, parentage, people, same line of descent, same strain, sept, stirps, stock, strain, tribe

family

(Household), noun brood, domestic circle, dooestic establishment, familia, family unit, home circle, issue, offspring, progeny
Associated concepts: adoption, curtesy, dependent, domestic relation, dower, Family Court, family law, family purpose doccrine, head of household, heirs, next of kin, surviving spouse
See also: ancestry, bloodline, derivation, descendant, domestic, house, household, issue, kindred, kinship, lineage, next of kin, origin, parentage, paternal, posterity, progeny, race, relative, succession
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Chris Lingard was not a very successful farmer, and he had a large family.
Dear Peter," she said, "with such a large family, of course, I have now passed my best, but you don't want to [ex]change me, do you?
He was professor of physics in the high school, possessor of a large family, a meagre salary, and a select fund of parrot-learned knowledge.
Possessed of great fidelity and all the quieter virtues, he rose steadily and became in time the prosperous head of his own printing house, a model citizen, and the father of a large family of children.
He used to be the minister in Baywater, you know, and he had a large family and his children were very mischievous.
Osgood, a man with a large family, and but little money.
Price, it appeared, scarcely ever stirred out of doors, except of a Sunday; she owned she could seldom, with her large family, find time for a walk.
All seemed to be acquainted, members of a very large family, and yet, because of their particular families, they battered and killed each other.
Wicks, for with his large family and small income, he'll be all the better for a good lesson against getting into debt--won't he, Mr.
Why here's one man that, in consideraton of his wife and large family, has a quartern loaf and a good pound of cheese, full weight.
Bulstrode now felt that she had a serious duty before her, and she soon managed to arrange a tete-a-tete with Lydgate, in which she passed from inquiries about Fred Vincy's health, and expressions of her sincere anxiety for her brother's large family, to general remarks on the dangers which lay before young people with regard to their settlement in life.
The seven hundred inhabitants are all blood-kin to each other, too; they have always been blood-kin to each other for fifteen hundred years; they are simply one large family, and they like the home folks better than they like strangers, hence they persistently stay at home.

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