plural noun
kin·​folk | \ ˈkin-ˌfōk How to pronounce kinfolk (audio) \
variants: or kinfolks

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Jim is survived by his two children, Deborah Lynn (Hidalgo) of Orlando, FL and James Kevin of Fountain Hills, AZ, as well as his brother, Kenneth Daggett, of Louisville, KY and numerous nieces, nephews, and other kinfolk. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 4/29," 29 Apr. 2018 Michael Beard, a family friend who had recruited the volunteers from among kinfolk and friends, designated one trailer for refuse and another for items worth saving. Kevin Sack, New York Times, "The Prayer Circle: Texans Rebuild After Harvey as a Practice of Faith," 9 Sep. 2017

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of kinfolk

old-fashioned : a person's relatives


kin·​folk | \ ˈkin-ˌfōk How to pronounce kinfolk (audio) \

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