"families" in the noun 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"
"the family refused to accept his will"
2. family, family unit
primary social group parents and children
"he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
3. class, category, family
a collection of things sharing a common attribute
"there are two classes of detergents"
4. family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry
people descended from a common ancestor
"his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
5. kin, kinsperson, family
a person having kinship with another or others
biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera
"sharks belong to the fish family"
7. syndicate, crime syndicate, mob, family
a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities
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"
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