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mishpachah

Definition:

the entire family network of relatives by blood or marriage (and sometimes close friends)

Class:

group noun (groupings of people and objects)

Usage:

Yiddish

Plural:

mishpachahs

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

mishpocha [Yiddish]

Etymology:

Yiddish משפּחה (mishpokhe), from Hebrew מִשְׁפָּחָה (mishpakhá, "family").
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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

List of English words of Yiddish origin

many of which have entered the English language by way of American English. Spelling of some of these Yiddish language words may be variable. Many of these words are more common in the entertainment industry, via vaudeville, the Catskills/Borscht Belt,... (40 of 3133 words, pronunciation, 9 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/List of English words of Yiddish origin

Wiktionary:

mishpocha [Jewish] | mishpochas [plural] | mishpoche | mishpocheh | mishpucha | mishpuche | mishpucheh

An (extended) family. (3 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mishpocha

Random House Dictionary:

mishpocha [Yiddish]

an entire family network comprising relatives by blood and marriage and sometimes including close friends; clan. (16 of 23 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/mishpocha

Britannica Encyclopedia:

clan [kinship group]

kin group used as an organizational device in many traditional societies. Membership in a clan is traditionally defined in terms of descent from a ... (24 of 206 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/119660​/clan

Collins Dictionary:

clan

a group of people interrelated by ancestry or marriage | a group of families with a common surname and a common ancestor, acknowledging the same ... (24 of 559 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/clan

Columbia Encyclopedia:

clan | moiety | phratry | sib

social group based on actual or alleged unilineal descent from a common ancestor. Such groups have been known in all parts of the world and include ... (26 of 215 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0812383​.html

Merriam-Webster:

clan | family [synonym, sense-specific] | body [synonym, sense-specific] | bunch [synonym, sense-specific] | circle [synonym, sense-specific] | gang [synonym, sense-specific] | clique [synonym, sense-specific] | community [synonym, sense-specific] | coterie [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a Celtic group especially in the Scottish Highlands comprising a number of ... | a group united by a common interest or common characteristics (23 of 172 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/clan

New World Dictionary:

clan

an early form of social group, as in the Scottish Highlands, composed of ... | in certain primitive societies, a tribal division, usually exogamous, ... (23 of 78 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/clan

American Heritage Dictionary:

clan

A traditional social unit in the Scottish Highlands, consisting of a number ... | A division of a tribe tracing descent from a common ancestor. | A ... (25 of 69 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/clan

Macmillan British Dictionary:

clan [countable] | clans [plural]

a large group of families that are related to each other, especially in Scotland ; [informal] a big family | [informal] a group of people who share an ... (27 of 56 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/clan

Cambridge Dictionary:

clan

a group of families, especially in Scotland, who originally came from the same family and have the same name | [informal] a large family, or a group ... (26 of 52 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/clan

Oxford Dictionary:

kinship group

Syllabification: (kin·ship group) | [anthropology] | a family, clan, or other group based on kinship. (13 of 34 words, 3 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/kinship-group

kinship group [anthropology]

a family, clan, or other group based on kinship (9 of 30 words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/kinship-group

Encarta Dictionary:

clan | clans [plural]

a group of families related through a common ancestor or marriage | a group of people who are all members of a particular family (informal) | a group ... (26 of 97 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861597592​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

mishpocha [Jewish] | mishpochas [plural] | mishpoche | mishpocheh | mishpucha | mishpuche | mishpucheh

Origin: Yiddish משפּחה (mishpokhe), from Hebrew מִשְׁפָּחָה (mishpakhá, "family").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/mishpocha

Audio reference

the Free Dictionary:

mishpachah

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "mishpachah"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "mishpachah"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/mishpachah

mishpocha

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "mishpocha"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "mishpocha"

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