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 What fueled their kinship was that both needed to hit the pause button, even just briefly, on their musical routines. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "How Fort Worth’s Leon Bridges and an eccentric music trio from Houston found a new sound together," 2 Feb. 2020 Steir’s work finds closer kinship in that of Agnes Martin. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, "At the Hirshhorn, Pat Steir’s ‘waterfall’ paintings move you — literally," 23 Jan. 2020 His love of collecting and restoring Laurel memorabilia captured a niche audience and led to finding kinship with two like-minded history buffs: Kevin Leonard, a professional researcher and writer, and Pete Lewnes, a private collector. Patti Restivo,, "Laurel History Boys go nonprofit to protect city’s unique, small-town character," 4 Oct. 2019 Owner Carol Tantau and her charcoal-colored cat, Ricky, are Venice transplants who've found a kinship with the area. Julissa James,, "Four Hours: Art, culture and peace abound on this tour of West Adams," 12 July 2019 Such solidarity amid poverty is the positive side of social life in these tight-knit communities, where refugee families relax the bonds of kinship enough to incorporate others. Lydia Wilson, The New York Review of Books, "Among Syria’s Exiles in Jordan," 8 Jan. 2020 Of the 394 children in the county removed from their homes last year, 47 percent were placed in kinship care. Dan Levin, New York Times, "‘They’re My Safe Place’: Children of Addicted Parents, Raised by Relatives," 26 Dec. 2019 Approximately 1 child out of every 150 is in kinship care or foster care, which means that by the time your child is 10, they likely will have encountered at least one child in foster care in their school or recreational activities. Washington Post, "A half-million reasons: Talking to your child about foster care," 21 Nov. 2019 Henrich attributes this phenomenon to the insular mind-set that is characteristic of intense kinship. David Noonan, Scientific American, "Western Individualism Arose from Incest Taboo," 7 Nov. 2019

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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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6 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Kinship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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