kinship

noun kin·ship \ ˈkin-ˌship \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of kinship

: the quality or state of being kin : relationship

Examples of kinship in a Sentence

  1. He feels a strong kinship with other survivors of the war.

  2. feelings of kinship between the team's players and their fans

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Origin and Etymology of kinship

see 1kin

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KINSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

kinship

noun

Definition of kinship for English Language Learners

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

  • : a feeling of being close or connected to other people


KINSHIP Defined for Kids

kinship

noun kin·ship \ ˈkin-ˌship \

Definition of kinship for Students

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


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