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 lodgersEmily Skop et al.
generous toward kin and nonkin alike

Examples of nonkin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However unwillingly, captives added significant numbers of nonkin followers and thus increased the status of their captors. Catherine M. Cameron, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2017

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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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“Nonkin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonkin. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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