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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about next of kin

Statistics for next of kin

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for next of kin

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for next of kin

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

More from Merriam-Webster on next of kin

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with next of kin

Comments on next of kin

What made you want to look up next of kin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to complain fretfully

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!