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family role

Definition of Family Role

(noun) A position within a family such as parent or child that determines an individual’s expected behavior.

Example of Family Role

Family Role Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: fam·i·ly role

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈfæməli roʊl/
  • British English – /ˈfæmɪli rəʊl/

Usage Note

  • Plural: family roles

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Cite the Definition of Family Role

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “family role.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/family-role/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

family role. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/family-role/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “family role.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/family-role/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“family role.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 16 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/family-role/>.