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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Chinese authorities did not let the team sample the bone for DNA, which could have helped determine the animal's kinship with existing gibbons. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Vanished ape found in ancient Chinese tomb, giving clues to its disappearance," 21 June 2018 Our nation is turning inward, placing renewed value on kinship ties and stability in work and residence. Lyman Stone, Vox, "The myth of the job-hopping, rootless millennial is just that — a myth," 11 July 2018 Instead, the film posits an inherent kinship between Trump and Kim — as members of that tiny elite that managed to rise above the ephemeral hordes, and achieve historic relevance. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s North Korean Propaganda Reveals His Contempt for Democracy," 13 June 2018 Placements are in foster homes, group homes, other institutions, independent living for older children and with relatives – otherwise known as kinship care. Mark Curnutte,, "Girl who lost parents to heroin starts over: `I want a family'," 27 June 2018 Craven believes that this theme tackles themes of kinship and community that galleries typically shy away from — a list that also includes raising children and other messy forms of existing. Kt Hawbaker,, "'Power Couples' at Galerie F moves beyond the muse and showcases 'artist family dynamic'," 13 July 2018 The two men’s joyous initial expressions of kinship and brotherhood deftly set up all that follows. Marcus Crowder, San Francisco Chronicle, "Athol Fugard’s apartheid drama ‘Lesson From Aloes’ in S.F. just brilliant," 8 June 2018 Most of the individuals in the displaced persons centers already have strong roots in this country — by kinship, religion or national origin. Lily Rothman, Time, "This Was President Truman's Powerful Message on Why the U.S. Should Help Refugees," 20 June 2018 Furthermore, the most overt link between You Were Never Really Here and Taxi Driver —a broken man's kinship with, and absolution through, a young, female prostitute—cuts deeper in Ramsay's film. Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader, "You Were Never Really Here updates Taxi Driver to an even colder urban landscape," 12 Apr. 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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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


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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