nonkin

noun

non·​kin ˌnän-ˈkin How to pronounce nonkin (audio)
: people who are not one's kin : those who are not members of one's family or related by blood
… households that included nonkin, such as boarders and lodgers Emily Skop et al.
generous toward kin and nonkin alike

Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonkin was in 1938

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Cite this Entry

“Nonkin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonkin. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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