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

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At the same time, family relationships gathered a new intensity to compensate for the diversity of relationships previously generated through neighbors and wider kinship ties. Don Pinnock, Quartz Africa, "Cape Town’s bloody gang violence is deeply rooted in its racist history," 16 Aug. 2019 African kingdoms were often in conflict, at times absorbing smaller nations or kinship groups into themselves. National Geographic, "400 years ago, enslaved Africans first arrived in Virginia," 13 Aug. 2019 Bug was left in his care as a kinship placement, when relatives or adults with close ties to a child agree to care for them. Karina Bland, azcentral, "For Father's Day, Arizona man finds the son he never knew he was looking for," 14 June 2018 Bloom, meanwhile, felt kinship with a continuum, old as time, in the representation of the human form. Globe Staff,, "This Boston artist shunned the limelight. He deserves to be famous.," 1 Aug. 2019 Recent exhibitions in London, Vienna, and Venice on Bellini and Mantegna, and Tintoretto and Bruegel, reveal familiar and unexpected artistic kinships. Matthew Sturgis, The New York Review of Books, "Geoffrey Wheatcroft," 21 Mar. 2019 Science has definitively vanquished social and legal (mis)understandings of paternity, kinship, and identity. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Paternity Reveal," 24 June 2019 These gestures of empathy and kinship have helped keep us going., "Friends, family of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos grateful for ‘steady stream of love’ as search continues," 12 June 2019 Sea lions evoke warm feelings in people, the sympathy and kinship many of us have with large, intelligent animals. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 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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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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