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

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Recent Examples on the Web Both greenwings and cinnamons accompany their more populous blue-winged kinfolk on the early fall flight. Matt Wyatt,, 10 Sep. 2020 Unfortunately, outside of their kinfolk, they were met with derision, prejudice and vehement xenophobia. Steve West,, 12 Dec. 2019 Fortunately for friends and kinfolk, they won’t be matched up directly as both play on the defensive line for their respective teams. Evan Dudley, al, 19 Sep. 2019 But don’t bother trying to sign up your kinfolk to play the game where families compete by guessing what the most popular audience survey answers to questions might be. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 25 Oct. 2019 Among my Ghanaian kinfolk, a man is considered to have a clear duty to protect his sister if her husband isn’t doing right by her. New York Times, 25 June 2019 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,, 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, 9 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of kinfolk

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Kinfolk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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