Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun family

8 senses of family

Sense 1
family, household, house, home, menage -- (a social unit living together; "he moved his family to Virginia"; "It was a good Christian household"; "I waited until the whole house was asleep"; "the teacher asked how many people made up his home")
       => unit, social unit -- (an organization regarded as part of a larger social group; "the coach said the offensive unit did a good job"; "after the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit")

Sense 2
family, family unit -- (primary social group; parents and children; "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family")
       => kin, kin group, kinship group, kindred, clan, tribe -- (group of people related by blood or marriage)

Sense 3
class, category, family -- (a collection of things sharing a common attribute; "there are two classes of detergents")
       => collection, aggregation, accumulation, assemblage -- (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Sense 4
family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry -- (people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower")
       => lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock -- (the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors")

Sense 5
kin, kinsperson, family -- (a person having kinship with another or others; "he's kin"; "he's family")
       => relative, relation -- (a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey")

Sense 6
family -- ((biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera; "sharks belong to the fish family")
       => taxonomic group, taxonomic category, taxon -- (animal or plant group having natural relations)

Sense 7
syndicate, crime syndicate, mob, family -- (a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities)
       => organized crime, gangland, gangdom -- (underworld organizations)

Sense 8
family, fellowship -- (an association of people who share common beliefs or activities; "the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company family"; "the church welcomed new members into its fellowship")
       => association -- (a formal organization of people or groups of people; "he joined the Modern Language Association")

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