non·​rel·​a·​tive ˌnän-ˈre-lə-tiv How to pronounce nonrelative (audio)
plural nonrelatives
: someone who is not a relative
placed for adoption with nonrelatives
More than 30% of the shares in the three main family holding companies are held by nonrelatives.Andrew Tanzer

Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonrelative was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Nonrelative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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