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family circle

noun
1.
the closely related members of a family as a group.
2.
a section in a theater containing less expensive seats, as the topmost gallery.
Origin of family circle
1800-1810
1800-10
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  • Then, our family circle complete, we would settle down to an eternity of Home.

    Bruno Byrd Spilman Dewey
  • Outside of the family circle, however, they were serenely reticent.

  • Calm, wondering, unafraid, the stranger enters the family circle.

    Concerning Children Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Uncle Jacky read it through, and then quoted a part of it to the family circle.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Possibly there may have been a dispute in the family circle as to the exact hour,—the birth may have occurred "upon the midnight."

  • The family circle were amused with the names which he gave them.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • The greatest usefulness of this speech is often found in one's own family circle, or with immediate friends.

    The Deaf Harry Best
  • The process is spontaneous on all sides, like the education of the child by the family circle.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
British Dictionary definitions for family circle

family circle

noun
1.
members of a family regarded as a closed group
2.
(mainly US) the cheap seating area in a theatre behind or above the dress circle
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