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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Doing research on the old house, Willa discovers her kinship with Thatcher Greenwood, a long-ago resident. Helen Klein Ross, WSJ, "Five Best: Helen Klein Ross on Multigenerational Sagas," 1 Nov. 2018 These bone fragments still aren't enough to build a picture of what these Denisovans look like, but their close kinship with the Neanderthal gives us some idea. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "A New Fossil Holds an Ancient Secret About Humanity," 22 Aug. 2018 Johnson told her about the killing and about their kinship to Prather. Emily Wagster Pettus, The Seattle Times, "Mississippi could re-examine 1959 racial killing of teenager," 21 Aug. 2018 Johnson told her about the killing and about their kinship to Prather. Emily Wagster Pettus, Fox News, "1959 racial slaying of Mississippi teen could get fresh look," 21 Aug. 2018 But there is a camaraderie and a kinship that comes with being perhaps the only woman in the room in your own room, and knowing those other women who are having that experience. Eric Johnson, Recode, "For some under-represented people in tech, life is getting better. For others, this is the ‘dark timeline.’," 5 Sep. 2018 So, she is compelled to come up with a way to achieve a personal peace and bring a sense of kinship to Litchfield, and that comes by way of a new softball team. Candice Frederick, Teen Vogue, ""Orange is the New Black" Season 6 Has the Women Striving for Peace and Community More Than Ever," 27 July 2018 There’s a fluttering kinship between them, like starlings or Aspen trees. Maggie Lange, The Cut, "Some Thoughts on the Tassel Earring," 28 June 2018 The two also have a kinship in television; Mr. Kudlow is a longtime personality on CNBC and has his own radio program. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Lawrence Kudlow to Become Trump’s White House Economic Adviser," 14 Mar. 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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The first known use of kinship was in 1833

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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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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