Definition of extended family in US English:

extended family


  • A family that extends beyond the nuclear family, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives, who all live nearby or in one household.

    • ‘In 1996, 21% of all people were living as a part of an extended family.’
    • ‘In extended families, the network of relatives acts as a close-knit community.’
    relatives, relations, blood relations, family members, kin, next of kin, kinsfolk, kinsmen, kinswomen, kindred, one's flesh and blood, one's own flesh and blood, connections
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extended family