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extended family

a kinship group consisting of a family nucleus and various relatives, as grandparents, usually living in one household and functioning as a larger unit.
Compare nuclear family.
(loosely) one's family conceived of as including aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and sometimes close friends and colleagues.
Origin of extended family
1940-45 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for extended family
  • Your parents and their experience loom large in your poetry-as do your grandparents, your extended family.
  • The extended family was small and they had few relatives to help them.
  • Younger families want high-quality care for their elderly parents as the extended family breaks down.
  • For example, extended family members are frequently engaged in treatment to help monitor the children while parents are at work.
  • They tell me their extended family has been knit together because they are all networked.
  • Most of my extended family has double eyelids except for a few of my cousins.
  • Being in the same tribe, whether that's an extended family or a particular culture, has always greased the wheels of cooperation.
  • Most of our extended family were all overweight, not obese.
  • Some use it to share kids' photos with extended family, while some use it to post travelogues.
  • Along with their extended family, they help look after the lambs.
British Dictionary definitions for extended family

extended family

(sociol, anthropol) a social unit that contains the nuclear family together with blood relatives, often spanning three or more generations
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extended family in Culture

extended family definition

A type of family in which relatives in addition to parents and children (such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins) live in a single household. A nuclear family forms the core of an extended family.

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