Translation of "family" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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familynoun

uk /ˈfæm.əl.i/ us /ˈfæm.əl.i/

family noun (SOCIAL GROUP)

A1 [ C or U + sing/pl verb ] a group of people who are related to each other, such as a mother, a father, and their children

家,家庭
A new family has/have moved in next door. 隔壁新搬来一户人家。
I come from a large family - I have three brothers and two sisters. 我来自一个大家庭,有三个兄弟,两个姐妹。
He doesn't have any family. 他没有任何亲人。
He's American but his family (= relatives in the past) come/comes from Ireland. 他是美国人,但他的祖籍是爱尔兰。
This movie is good family entertainment (= something that can be enjoyed by parents and children together). 这部电影是很棒的家庭娱乐片。
How do you like family life (= being married, having children, etc.)? 你对家庭生活还满意吗?

B1 [ C usually singular, U + sing/pl verb ] the children of a family

子女
Women shouldn't have to choose between career and family (= having children). 在事业与家庭之间,女人不应该只能选择其一。
Paul and Ana are hoping to start a family (= have children) soon. 保罗和艾莉森期待着不久能生个小孩。
My dad died when we were small so my mum raised the family on her own. 我们很小的时候爸爸就去世了,因此是妈妈一个人拉扯大了孩子。

[ C, + sing/pl verb ] a pair of adult animals and their babies

一窝(动物)
We've got a family of squirrels living in our garden. 我们的花园里住着一窝松鼠。

More examples

  • Peter's success at college delighted his family.
  • He read her letter aloud to the rest of the family.
  • She values her job above her family.
  • There were scenes of great joy as the hostages were re-united with their families.
  • Several families take in foreign students.

family noun (BIOLOGICAL GROUP)

[ C ] specialized biology a large group of related types of animal or plant

(动植物的)科
The lion is a member of the cat family. 狮子属猫科。

(Translation of “family” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)