ASL sign for: family

How do you sign "family"? Learn some more family-related terms as well as the signs for relatives.

Definition: A basic social unit consisting of parents and their children.

Pronunciation/articulation: Two-handed "F" handshape (palm out) with the thumb-forefinger circles together diverge in an arc movement and converge with the pinkies.

Non-SEE sign; borrowed from another signed language. Probably old ASL. It's currently growing more common, replacing the F-handshaped sign FAMILY.

Vocabulary for the immediate family unit in a FAMILY TREE: MOTHER, FATHER, CHILDREN, DAUGHTER, SON.

More vocabulary for the extended members of a family: GRANDMOTHER, GRANDFATHER, GRANDCHILD.


More vocabulary for STEPFAMILY.


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