kinship

noun
kin·​ship | \ ˈkin-ˌship \

Definition of kinship

: the quality or state of being kin : relationship

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Examples of kinship in a Sentence

He feels a strong kinship with other survivors of the war. feelings of kinship between the team's players and their fans

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Like Cannady, about 91 percent of kinship caregivers are grandparents. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Grandparents raising grandkids say they need more help from Washington state," 28 Dec. 2018 The two share a clear visual and spiritual kinship. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Weed and luxury in Las Vegas," 15 Nov. 2018 For a moment, the woman felt a kinship with the chef, but the moment passed. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "Omakase," 6 June 2018 Gift-giving has long been seen as part of women’s work, the work of kinship, which includes researching must-have stocking stuffers, card-sending, and Paperless Post-ing birthday party invites. Sara Petersen, Vox, "Why do we stop giving meaningful gifts to our friends?," 3 Dec. 2018 Doing research on the old house, Willa discovers her kinship with Thatcher Greenwood, a long-ago resident. Helen Klein Ross, WSJ, "Five Best: Helen Klein Ross on Multigenerational Sagas," 1 Nov. 2018 These bone fragments still aren't enough to build a picture of what these Denisovans look like, but their close kinship with the Neanderthal gives us some idea. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "A New Fossil Holds an Ancient Secret About Humanity," 22 Aug. 2018 Johnson told her about the killing and about their kinship to Prather. Emily Wagster Pettus, The Seattle Times, "Mississippi could re-examine 1959 racial killing of teenager," 21 Aug. 2018 Johnson told her about the killing and about their kinship to Prather. Emily Wagster Pettus, Fox News, "1959 racial slaying of Mississippi teen could get fresh look," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of kinship

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kinship

see kin entry 1

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The first known use of kinship was in 1833

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kinship

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kinship

: the state of being related to the people in your family

: a feeling of being close or connected to other people

kinship

noun
kin·​ship | \ ˈkin-ˌship \

Kids Definition of kinship

: the quality or state of being related We just learned of our kinship.

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