kin·​ship | \ ˈkin-ˌship How to pronounce kinship (audio) \

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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Michigan college student Olivia Vandergriff, while nearly dying of accidental electrocution, beholds a vision that inspires a kinship with all of nature. Dan Cryer, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Overstory,’ by Richard Powers," 5 Apr. 2018 Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen’s right-hand colleague is his wife; their daughter Anna Mia is an eager young policewoman; and the other cops on the team share a close occupational kinship. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: When Murder Strikes at a Family’s Heart," 3 Aug. 2018 These interventions would support the 90,000 children in this state who are in kinship care. David Rubin,, "Opioid epidemic's collateral damage: Children and caregivers need more support," 27 Apr. 2018 Other analysts have pegged the downturn in kinship to as far back as 2003, when Turkey forbade U.S. troops to move through its country in the early days of the American invasion of Iraq. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Trump tariffs in retaliation for jailed American pastor send Turkey's economy plunging," 13 Aug. 2018 In a country with no history or pretense of democracy, the royal family intrigue and tribal kinship have been a constant. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "The Model for a Saudi Reformer," 17 July 2018 Perhaps, as Hinkle hints toward during our interview, her kinship with her character runs deeper than first impressions might suggest. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Marin Hinkle On the Scene That Gave Her Hives," 8 Dec. 2018 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

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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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29 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce kinship (audio) \

Kids Definition of kinship

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

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