extended-family

extended family

noun
1.
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.
2.
(loosely) one's family conceived of as including aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and sometimes close friends and colleagues.

Origin:
1940–45

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extended family
 
n
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 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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