kins·​man | \ ˈkinz-mən How to pronounce kinsman (audio) \

Definition of kinsman

: relative specifically : a male relative

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Synonyms & Antonyms for kinsman


cousin, kin, relation, relative



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Examples of kinsman in a Sentence

to protect the family honor, he sought to revenge the murder of his kinsman

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Their kinsmen, already in the United States, have been vital factors in farm and workshop for generations. Lily Rothman, Time, "This Was President Truman's Powerful Message on Why the U.S. Should Help Refugees," 20 June 2018 The warriors butchered the people and used the heads of Lewis’s kinsmen as decoration for their belts. Emily Bernard, The New Republic, "Zora Neale Hurston’s drive to tell the story of the slave trade’s last survivor," 19 June 2018 Best of all, Mazibuko believes his friend and kinsman's experiment has worked. Chuck Yarborough,, "Ladysmith Black Mambazo brings hope and harmony to Music Box," 21 Feb. 2018 One of my favorite historical titles is cardinal nipote, Italian for cardinal nephew, which would be awarded when a pope appointed a kinsman to the College of Cardinals. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, "Can I Use My Dad’s Connections to Get an Internship?," 21 Feb. 2018 Name Withheld What your kinsman is doing is, of course, wrong. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, "Should I Turn in My Tax-Cheating Relative?," 22 Aug. 2017 Up north, Sansa will rule while her kinsman Jon Snow hits the road. Christopher S. Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "Game of Thrones: Shattering the dragonglass ceiling," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of kinsman

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of kinsman

formal + old-fashioned : a male relative


kins·​man | \ ˈkinz-mən How to pronounce kinsman (audio) \
plural kinsmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of kinsman

: a relative usually by birth

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