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Definition of Family Size

(noun) The total number of people related by blood (consanguinity), marriage (affinity), or adoption that live together.

Example of Family Size

  • Quinn and Harley have a child; their family size is three.

Family Size Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: fam·i·ly size

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈfæməli saɪz/
  • British English – /ˈfæmɪli saɪz/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: family sizes
  • The average family size depends on the society and culture.

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Cite the Definition of Family Size

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

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

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

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

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

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