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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fam·i·ly /ˈfæmli, ˈfæmə-/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 fam·i·ly /ˈfæm(ə)lɪ/ 名詞

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fam·i·ly n.; pl. Families
 1. The collective body of persons who live in one house, and under one head or manager; a household, including parents, children, and servants, and, as the case may be, lodgers or boarders.
 2. The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society.
    The welfare of the family underlies the welfare of society.   --H. Spencer.
 3. Those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe, clan, or race; kindred; house; as, the human family; the family of Abraham; the father of a family.
    Go ! and pretend your family is young.   --Pope.
 4. Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage.
 5. Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man of family.
 6. A group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a family of languages; a family of States; the chlorine family.
 7. Biol. A group of organisms, either animal or vegetable, related by certain points of resemblance in structure or development, more comprehensive than a genus, because it is usually based on fewer or less pronounced points of likeness. In Zoology a family is less comprehesive than an order; in botany it is often considered the same thing as an order.
 Family circle. See under Circle.
 Family man. (a) A man who has a family; esp., one who has a wife and children living with him and dependent upon him. (b) A man of domestic habits. “The Jews are generally, when married, most exemplary family men.” --Mayhew.
 Family of curves or Family of surfaces Geom., a group of curves or surfaces derived from a single equation.
 In a family way, like one belonging to the family. “Why don't we ask him and his ladies to come over in a family way, and dine with some other plain country gentlefolks?” --Thackeray.
 In the family way, pregnant. [Colloq. euphemism]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: 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" [syn: household,
            house, home, menage]
      2: primary social group; parents and children; "he wanted to
         have a good job before starting a family" [syn: family
      3: people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has
         lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower" [syn: family
         line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry]
      4: a collection of things sharing a common attribute; "there
         are two classes of detergents" [syn: class, category]
      5: 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" [syn: fellowship]
      6: (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera;
         "sharks belong to the fish family"
      7: a person having kinship with another or others; "he's kin";
         "he's family" [syn: kin, kinsperson]
      8: a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized
         criminal activities [syn: syndicate, crime syndicate,