la familia
-the family
See the entry for familia.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (relatives)
a. family
Me voy de vacaciones con mi familia.I'm going on vacation with my family.
2. (offspring)
a. family
¿Ya han pensado en tener familia?Have you thought about starting a family yet?
b. children
De momento no quieren tener familia.For the time being, they don't want to have children.
3. (lineage)
a. family
Mi padre viene de una familia de empresarios muy conocida.My father comes from a well-known family of entrepreneurs.
4. (group of related members)
a. family
El español, el italiano y el francés están en la misma familia lingüística.Spanish, Italian, and French are in the same linguistic family.
5. (biology)
a. family
Los mosquitos pertenecen a la familia de los dípteros.Mosquitoes belong to the Diptera family.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. family
de buena familiafrom a good family
2. (fig)
estábamos en familiathere were only a few of us
3. (fig)
no te dé vergüenza, que estamos en familiadon't be shy — you're among friends
ser como de la familiato be like one of the family
venir de familiato run in the family
familia de acogidafoster parents
familia nuclearnuclear family
familia numerosalarge family
la familia políticathe in-laws
la Familia Realthe Royal Family
1 (parentela) family
¿cómo está la familia? how is the family?; es de buena familia she comes from a good family; sentirse como en familia to feel thoroughly at home; ser como de la familia to be one of the family; venir de familia to run in the family
acordarse de la familia de algn to curse sb; swear at sb
familia de acogida foster family
para que esos menores puedan pasar directamente con una familia de acogida que les dé ese cariño ... la niña a la que un juez ha permitido que se quede a vivir con una nueva familia de acogida ...
familia monoparental one-parent family
familia nuclear nuclear family
familia numerosa
tiene una familia numerosa he has a large family; las familias numerosas quedan exentas families with more than four children are exempt
familia política in-laws
; (p)
familia real royal family
2 (hijos)
¿cuándo pensáis tener familia? when are you thinking of starting a family?; ¿tenéis ya mucha familia? do you already have lots of children?
3 (pariente)
Juan no es familia mía Juan and I aren't related; ¿sois familia? are you related?
4 (comunidad) family
la gran familia humana the great human family; la familia socialista the socialist community
5 (Botánica) (Lingüística) (Zoología) family
familia de lenguas family of languages
familia de palabras word family
6 (Tipografía) fount
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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