Meaning of “family circle” in the English Dictionary

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"family circle" in English

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family circlenoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌfæm.əl.i ˈsɜː.kəl/ us /ˌfæm.əl.i ˈsɝː.kəl/

Examples from literature

  • Her influence on the family circle, therefore, was not cheerful. 
  • It was one of those times of self-searching and reflection that occasionally come unbidden in every family circle. 
  • On this important occasion, the gentlemen of the office spent some hours after dinner with the family circle, and coffee and cigars were served. 
  • Upon occasion a deal of fun is poked at the victim, and this holds true even in the family circle. 
  • We were born into the family circle, and our parents first taught us to obey. 

(Definition of “family circle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)