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

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Recent Examples on the Web Unfortunately, outside of their kinfolk, they were met with derision, prejudice and vehement xenophobia. Steve West,, "Where are you from? | Opinion," 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, "Family matters: Cousins compete on opposite teams for UAB, South Alabama on Saturday," 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,, "Survey says ... ‘Family Feud Live’ coming to South Florida," 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, "My Aunt Has Alzheimer’s and Her Husband Doesn’t Seem to Care," 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,, "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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First Known Use of kinfolk

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Kinfolk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kinfolk

old-fashioned : a person's relatives


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