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n (plural fam·i·lies)
1. people living together: a group of people living together and functioning as a single household, usually consisting of parents and their children
2. group of relatives: a group of people who are closely related by birth, marriage, or adoption
3. others in somebody’s family: the other members of the family to which somebody belongs
4. lineage: all the people who are descended from a common ancestor
5. offspring: a child or set of children born to somebody
6. group with something in common: a group whose members are related in origin, characteristics, or occupation
7. linguistics related languages: a group of languages that have a common origin
8. biology set of related organisms: a category in the taxonomic classification of related organisms, comprising one or more genera
9. mathematics related mathematical shapes or expressions: a set of related mathematical curves, surfaces, or functions, usually expressed as a single equation containing one or more parameters or arbitrary constants
10. chemistry See series n.6
11. branch of Mafia: a branch of the Mafia or of a similar large criminal group (informal)

("Family." Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2004. USA: Microsoft Corporation. 2003.)














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