UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈsʌbˌfæmɪlɪ/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(sub famə lē, -famlē, subfam′ə lē, -fam′lē)

Inflections of 'subfamily' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": subfamilies

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
sub•fam•i•ly  (sub famə lē, -famlē, subfam′ə lē, -fam′lē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -lies. 
  1. Biologya category of related genera within a family.
  2. Linguistics(in the classification of related languages within a family) a category of a higher order than a branch. Cf.  branch (def. 8), family (def. 14).
  • sub- + family 1825–35

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
subfamily /ˈsʌbˌfæmɪlɪ/ n ( pl -lies)
  1. a taxonomic group that is a subdivision of a family
  2. any analogous subdivision, as of a family of languages
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