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


nuclear family

BrE BrE//ˌnjuːkliə ˈfæməli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌnuːkliər ˈfæməli//
(specialist) Raising children, Family background
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a family that consists of father, mother and children, when it is thought of as a unit in society Not everybody nowadays lives in the conventional nuclear family. compare extended family See related entries: Raising children, Family background
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nuclear family