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Meaning of “family” in the English Dictionary

"family" in British English

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familynoun

uk   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 ​theirchildren: A new family has/have ​moved in next ​door. I come from a ​large family - I have three ​brothers and two ​sisters. He doesn't have any family. He's American but his family (= ​relatives in the past) come/comes from Ireland. This ​movie is good family ​entertainment (= something that can be ​enjoyed by ​parents and ​children together). How do you like family life (= being ​married, having ​children, etc.)?B1 [C usually singular, U + sing/pl verb] the ​children of a family: Women shouldn't have to ​choose between ​career and family (= having ​children). Paul and Ana are ​hoping to start a family (= have ​children)soon. My ​daddied when we were ​small so my ​mum raised the family on her own. [C, + sing/pl verb] a ​pair of ​adultanimals and ​theirbabies: We've got a family ofsquirrelsliving in ​ourgarden.

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  • family noun (BIOLOGICAL GROUP)

[C] specialized biology a ​largegroup of ​relatedtypes of ​animal or ​plant: The ​lion is a ​member of the ​cat family.
(Definition of family from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"family" in American English

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familynoun

 us   /ˈfæm·ə·li, ˈfæm·li/
  • family noun (PARENTS AND CHILDREN)

[C/U] a ​socialgroup of ​parents, ​children, and sometimes ​grandparents, ​uncles, ​aunts, and ​others who are ​related: [C] Her family moved here when she was eleven. [U] Many ​peoplecope with the ​demands of both ​career and family. [C] She ​wants to get ​married and have a family (= have ​children).
  • family noun (BIOLOGICAL TYPE)

biology [C] a ​largegroup of ​relatedtypes of ​animals or ​plants: The ​lion is a ​member of the ​cat family.
(Definition of family from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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