next of kin

noun phrase

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

Examples of next of kin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Tarrant County Medical Examiner will release the name of the victim upon notification of next of kin. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 May 2024 All except the on-ramp to 101 were reopened by 11:30 p.m. Authorities did not release the person’s name pending confirmation of their identity and notification of their next of kin. Jason Green, The Mercury News, 7 May 2024 Updates are being provided to the wife (next of kin) on the status of the case. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 2 May 2024 The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office will release his full identity once it is confirmed and his next of kin is identified. Jason Green, The Mercury News, 23 Apr. 2024 The name of the victim will not be released until his next of kin is notified. Daniel McFadin,, 19 Apr. 2024 The Orange County Sheriff’s Office declined to release the person’s name, saying next of kin had not been notified. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2024 The identification of the deceased person won't be released until next of kin is notified, officials said. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 12 Apr. 2024 As of late Sunday night the teen's identity was not being release pending next of kin notification, officials said. USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of next of kin was in the 15th century

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“Next of kin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

next of kin

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