Synonyms of family
1 relationsDictionary • His family are completely behind him, whatever he decides.
issue • He died without issue in 1946.
household • growing up in a male-only household
folk (informal) • I've been avoiding my folks lately.
brood • She flew to the defence of her brood.
kin • She has gone to live with her husband's kin.
progeny • They set aside funds to ensure the welfare of their progeny.
kindred • The offender made proper restitution to the victim's kindred.
next of kin
kith and kin
your nearest and dearest
your own flesh and blood • The kid was his own flesh and blood.
ainga (New Zealand)
cuzzies or cuzzie-bros (New Zealand)
rellies (Australian, slang)
2 childrenDictionary • Are you going to have a family?
offspring • Characteristics are often passed from parents to offspring.
munchkins (informal, mainly US)
littlies (Australian, informal)
3 ancestors • Her family came to Los Angeles at the turn of the century.
parentage • She is a Londoner of mixed English and Jamaican parentage.
house • the Saudi Royal House
line • We were part of a long line of artists.
race • We welcome students of all races, faiths and nationalities.
blood • He was of noble blood, and an officer.
birth • men of low birth
strain • a particularly beautiful strain of Swiss pansies
tribe • three hundred members of the Xhosa tribe
clan • A clash had taken place between rival clans.
descent • All the contributors were of foreign descent.
pedigree • a countess of impeccable pedigree
extraction • He married a young lady of Indian extraction.
ancestry • They can trace their ancestry back to the seventeenth century.
lineage • They can trace their lineage back to the 18th century.
genealogy • He had sat and repeated his family's genealogy to her.
line of descent
4 speciesDictionary • foods in the cabbage family, such as Brussels sprouts
species • There are several thousand species of trees here.
group • The recipes are divided into groups according to their main ingredients.
class • The navy is developing a new class of nuclear-powered submarine.
order • the order of insects Coleoptera, better known as beetles
kind • I hate Lewis and his kind just as much as you do.
genre • his love of films and novels in the horror genre
classification • several different classifications of vehicles
PROVERB:Blood is thicker than water
usage note:Some careful writers insist that a singular verb should always be used with collective nouns such as government, team, family, committee, and class, for example: the class is doing a project on Vikings; the company is mounting a big sales campaign. In British usage, however, a plural verb is often used with a collective noun, especially where the emphasis is on a collection of individual objects or people rather than a group regarded as a unit: the family are all on holiday. The most important thing to remember is never to treat the same collective noun as both singular and plural in the same sentence: the family is well and sends its best wishes or the family are well and send their best wishes, but not the family is well and send their best wishes.
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ancestryYour ancestry is the fact that you are descended from certain people.
• They can trace their ancestry back to the seventeenth century.
birthSome people talk about a person's birth when they are referring to the social position of the person's family.
• men of low birth
bloodYou can use blood to refer to the race or social class of someone's parents or ancestors.
• He was of noble blood, and an officer.
Thesaurus for family from the Collins English Thesaurus
a primary social group consisting of parents and their offspring, the principal function of which is provision for its members
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