One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A meeting or gathering of members of a family, (now) especially in order to resolve problems.
2North American Civil Law. In Louisiana (occasionally also Quebec): an advisory jury aiding the court in a family law matter. Compare family council. Now historical.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in William Gouge (1575–1653), Church of England clergyman and author. From family + meeting.
family meeting/ˌfam(ɪ)li ˈmiːtɪŋ//ˌfam(ə)li ˈmiːtɪŋ/
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