next of kin

Definition of next of kin

  1. :  one or more persons in the nearest degree of relationship to another person

15th Century

First Known Use of next of kin

15th century


Law Dictionary

next of kin

  1. 1 :  one or more living persons in the nearest degree of relationship to a particular individual

  2. 2 :  those persons entitled by statute to receive the property in an intestate's estate — compare heir

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