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
Recent Examples on the Web In Chinese thought, being and nonbeing, like yin and yang, are in harmony with each other—thus the kinship of infinity and nothingness. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, "‘It Seems That I Know How the Universe Originated’," 8 Feb. 2021 Most players under his leadership came to respect Tomlin’s ability to wed football acumen with a sense of fairness and a consistency, engendering a behind-the-scenes kinship and historic success on the field. New York Times, "Mike Tomlin Reaches Another N.F.L. Postseason With Fewer Black Peers," 8 Jan. 2021 The virus was probably abetted by Tangier’s close ties of kinship and history. Washington Post, "On a Trump-loving island in the Chesapeake, a virus outbreak unites instead of divides," 22 Dec. 2020 By opening the doors of the maison (albeit virtually), the platform is fostering a sense of kinship between the label and its customers. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Opens the Doors of Its Virtual Home, and It's Beautiful," 17 Dec. 2020 In the following months, Verogen’s scientists began mining the GEDmatch database to better understand which genetic markers are the best predictors of kinship. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Cops Are Getting a New Tool For Family-Tree Sleuthing," 16 Dec. 2020 Though Tankus is best known for his technical analyses of Federal Reserve policy, his own thinking here draws as much on ancient history or anthropological research into religion and kinship as cold, hard economics. Alex Yablon, The New Republic, "This Year’s Underground Sensation: Modern Monetary Theory," 31 Dec. 2020 The organization distributes cribs, beds and other basic essentials for foster and kinship families. Mary Jo Pitzl, azcentral, "Tax credits send almost $100M to foster care charities. But program oversight is lacking," 27 Nov. 2020 Finding a home and kinship Born in 1926 to a Welsh father and English mother in Somerset, England—140 miles west of London and just across Bristol Bay from Cardiff, Wales’s capital—Morris loved Wales and wanted to share it. Travel, "Why the mystique of Wales gave strength to a legendary writer," 25 Nov. 2020

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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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18 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Kinship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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