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family circle

the closely related members of a family as a group.
a section in a theater containing less expensive seats, as the topmost gallery.
Origin of family circle
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • All the towns belonging to the Manchester family-circle present more or less decidedly the features mentioned.

    Lancashire Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
  • But what could she have done for her family-circle, after the scandal of her divorce?

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • Another, had unhesitatingly recommended his effusions to the family-circle.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
  • She had never expected to be so happy, just because she was back in her own country and among her family-circle.

    Small Souls Louis Couperus
  • Imagine the feelings of a rat when this dreadful visitor comes like grim death into his family-circle!

    Palmetto-Leaves Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • We were not less welcome when, a few days afterwards, we joined the family-circle.

British Dictionary definitions for family-circle

family circle

members of a family regarded as a closed group
(mainly US) the cheap seating area in a theatre behind or above the dress circle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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