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nuclear family

Definition:

a family consisting of parents and their children

Class:

group noun (groupings of people and objects)

Plural:

nuclear families

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

From "nuclear", basic, cardinal, central.
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Nuclear family | elementary family

a term used to define a family group consisting of a pair of adults and their children. This is in contrast to a single-parent family, to the larger extended family, and to a family with more than two parents. Nuclear families typically center on a ... (45 of 1713 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Nuclear family

Britannica Encyclopedia:

nuclear family [anthropology] | elementary family [synonym]

in sociology and anthropology, a group of people who are united by ties of partnership and parenthood and consisting of a pair of adults and their ... (26 of 380 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/421619​/nuclear-family

Collins Dictionary:

nuclear family [sociology, anthropology]

a primary social unit consisting of parents and their offspring (10 of 396 words, 8 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nuclear-family

Macmillan British Dictionary:

nuclear family [countable] | nuclear families [plural]

a family unit consisting of a mother, a father, and their children (12 of 41 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/nuclear-family

Oxford Dictionary:

nuclear family

a couple and their dependent children, regarded as a basic social unit (12 of 39 words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/nuclear-family

Merriam-Webster:

nuclear family

a family group that consists only of father, mother, and children (11 of 38 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/nuclear family

Cambridge Dictionary:

nuclear family [specialized]

a family consisting of two parents and their children, but not including aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. (16 of 24 words)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nuclear-family

American Heritage Dictionary:

nuclear family

A family unit consisting of a mother and father and their children. (12 of 19 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nuclear-family

New World Dictionary:

nuclear family [United States]

a basic social unit consisting of parents and their dependent children living in one household (15 of 16 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nuclear-family

Wiktionary:

nuclear family | nuclear families [plural]

a family unit consisting of at most a father, mother and dependent children (13 of 15 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nuclear family

Random House Dictionary:

nuclear family

a social unit composed of father, mother, and children. (9 of 14 words)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/nuclear-family

Columbia Encyclopedia:

classification | category | division | family | genus | kingdom | nomenclature, biological | biological nomenclature | order | ...

in biology, the systematic categorization of organisms into a coherent scheme. The original purpose of biological classification, or systematics, was ... (20 of 285 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0812450​.html

family

a basic unit of social structure, the exact definition of which can vary greatly from time to time and from culture to culture. How a society defines ... (27 of 230 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0818224​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

nuclear family

a social unit that consists of a mother, a father, and their children. extended family (15 of 29 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861697316​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

American Heritage Dictionary:

nuclear family

Origin: From "nuclear", basic, cardinal, central.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nuclear-family

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

nuclear family [countable] | nuclear families [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "nuclear family"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/nuclear-family

Macmillan American Dictionary:

nuclear family [countable] | nuclear families [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "nuclear family"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/nuclear-family

Cambridge Dictionary:

nuclear family [specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "nuclear family"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "nuclear family"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/nuclear-family

Google Dictionary:

nuclear family | nuclear families [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "nuclear family"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=nuclear family

YourDictionary Audio:

nuclear family

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "nuclear family"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/nuclear-family

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