Family Vocabulary

The family is a group of people who are related to each other. Family vocabulary includes words that describe various family members and relationships.

Your family members are also called your relatives. You have an immediate family and an extended family. Your immediate family includes your father, mother and siblings. Your extended family includes all of the people in your father and mother’s families.

Let´s learn some useful family vocabulary, here’s a list of common family-related terms:

  1. Immediate Family:
  • Parents: mother, father
  • Children: son, daughter
  • Siblings: brother, sister
  1. Extended Family:
  • Grandparents: grandmother, grandfather
  • Grandchildren: grandson, granddaughter
  • Aunts and Uncles: aunt, uncle
  • Nieces and Nephews: niece, nephew
  • Cousins: male cousin, female cousin

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  1. Marital Status:
  • Spouse: husband, wife
  • Fiancé/Fiancée: man engaged to be married, woman engaged to be married
  • Partner: significant other, life partner
  1. In-Laws:
  • Father-in-law, mother-in-law
  • Son-in-law, daughter-in-law
  • Brother-in-law, sister-in-law
  1. Family Relationships:
  • Parents: motherhood, fatherhood, parenthood
  • Siblings: brotherhood, sisterhood, sibling rivalry
  • Grandparents: grandparenting, grandchild
  1. Terms for Relatives:
  • Great-grandparents: great-grandmother, great-grandfather
  • Great-grandchildren: great-grandson, great-granddaughter
  • Stepfamily: stepmother, stepfather, stepbrother, stepsister
  • Half-siblings: half-brother, half-sister
  1. Others:
  • Orphan: child who has lost both parents
  • Adoptive parents: parents who adopt a child
  • Foster parents: temporary parents for a child in need
  1. Terms for Family Gatherings:
  • Family reunion: a gathering of extended family members
  • Family dinner: a meal shared by family members
  • Family vacation: a trip taken with family members

Understanding these terms helps in describing relationships and understanding family dynamics in various contexts.

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