Definition of extended family noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


extended family

BrE BrE//ɪkˌstendɪd ˈfæməli//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˌstendɪd ˈfæməli//
[countable + singular or plural verb] Family background
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a family group with a close relationship among the members that includes not only parents and children but also uncles, aunts, grandparents, etc. She grew up surrounded by a large extended family. compare nuclear family See related entries: Family background
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: extended family