kin·​ship ˈkin-ˌship How to pronounce kinship (audio)
: the quality or state of being kin : relationship

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
Recent Examples on the Web But Garrone’s film also recognises the little light that shines through the cracks in his protagonists’ torrid journey, like the value of their kinship. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 9 Sep. 2023 This also extends at times to establishment politicians like Mr. Sarkozy, who feel some ideological kinship with Moscow, blame NATO expansion eastward for the war, or eye monetary gain. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 For soldiers and staff alike, the cramped conditions probably fostered both boredom and kinship. Aaron Stern, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2023 According to Nasr, such warnings were largely directed at hijab-observing women who, the regime feared, felt some kinship with the protest movement. Azadeh Moaveni, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2023 Through the laughs and jokes, the honors and speeches, remains that unique kinship, and it wasn’t lost on anyone Sunday. Marc Bona, cleveland, 6 Aug. 2023 The lush and magical pureness requires a sort of kinship with travelers—and awareness of impact can help to preserve this. Jessica Chapel, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Aug. 2023 However, the star told Conservation International that found quick kinship with his new slithery namesake. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 16 Aug. 2023 In his mind, humans, rocks and trees were all endowed with an invisible kinship. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 22 June 2023 See More

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Word History


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First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kinship was in 1833

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“Kinship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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kin·​ship ˈkin-ˌship How to pronounce kinship (audio)
: the quality or state of being kin : relationship

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