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

Definition of kinship

: 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 And not only that, but to feel some kind of kinship with it. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 12 May 2022 Knowing a body in space, the parabolas of certain gestures, the side angles of expressions, the timbre of a wisecrack, the mood of a certain strut lend an illusion of kinship. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 It’s a Mexican form of kinship that can bind even unrelated people tighter than blood. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 Empower youth aging out of foster care to thrive as independent adults, keep kinship caregivers informed and connected, and work with communities to reduce child maltreatment and the need for foster care. Haleigh Kochanski, The Arizona Republic, 20 Mar. 2022 Stepping into that void are grandparents, aunts, cousins – kinship caregivers – now facing their first new year as a new family unit. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2022 Billings found kinship with fellow performers, who sheltered, instructed and encouraged her, acting as her surrogate family. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 Kaluvai feels a kinship with Dreamers, also shut out of work and study opportunities because of their immigration status. Deepa Fernandes, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Mar. 2022 Few took the enormous risks to themselves and their families out of kinship with the United States. Douglas London, CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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25 May 2022

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“Kinship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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