Jane on 2015-11-03  ——USA
I think "family" means the people you grow up with and who mold you. While my parents and my sisters are a part of my family, I have two friends I've known since early childhood that I keep up with more like family than like friends. I rarely see my extended family, but their influence has been passed on to me from my immediate family. Whatever unit you consider long-lasting and influential to you is family in my book.