Family etymology


English word family comes from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁- (to do, put, place), Proto-italic *famelos (servile, domestic) and later Latin famulus (a servant, slave), familia (which came to refer to the household, but primarily referred to domestic slaves rather than the parents and children)

Etymology of family

Detailed word origin of family

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*dʰeh₁- Proto-Indo-European (ine) do, put, place
famula Latin (lat) Female slave; maid, handmaiden, maid-servant. Temple attendant.
*famelos Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
famulus Latin (lat) Serving, servile. A servant, slave.
familia Latin (lat) Family (referring to the household, but primarily domestic slaves rather than parents and children). Household.
familie English (en)
family English (en) (countable) A (close-knit) group of people related by blood, friendship, marriage, law, or custom, especially if they live or work together.. (countable) A group of people who are closely related to one another (by blood, marriage or adoption); kin; for example, a set of parents and their children; an immediate family.. (countable) An extended family; a group of people who are related to one [...]