1 [countable + singular or plural verb] a group consisting of one or two parents and their children the other members of my family Almost every family in the country owns a television. All my family enjoy skiing. one-parent/single-parent families a family of four families with young children He’s a friend of the family (= he is known and liked by the parents and the children).2 [countable + singular or plural verb, uncountable] a group consisting of one or two parents, their children and close relations All our family came to Grandad's eightieth birthday party. The support of family and friends is vital. We've only told the immediate family (= the closest relations). the Royal Family (= the children and close relations of the king or queen) I always think of you as one of the family. (informal) She's family (= she is a relation).3 [countable + singular or plural verb] all the people who are related to each other, including those who are now dead Some families have farmed in this area for hundreds of years. This painting has been in our family for generations.