next of kin

noun phrase

Definition of next of kin

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

First Known Use of next of kin

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Next of kin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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next of kin

Legal Definition of next of kin

1 : one or more living persons in the nearest degree of relationship to a particular individual
2 : those persons entitled by statute to receive the property in an intestate's estate — compare heir


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