kin·​ship ˈkin-ˌship How to pronounce kinship (audio)
: the quality or state of being kin : relationship

Example Sentences

He feels a strong kinship with other survivors of the war. feelings of kinship between the team's players and their fans
Recent Examples on the Web Still, in the past four years, Hunter has found a real kinship with other Black Latter-day Saints by attending the Legacy of Black Latter-day Saint Pioneers conference at the Washington D.C. Temple’s visitors’ center. Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Jan. 2023 Many have found kinship with one another while readjusting to life back home. Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2022 Production design and visual effects have had a close relationship in the last decade of Oscar winners, the same way film editing and sound have found a connective kinship. Clayton Davis, Variety, 7 Dec. 2022 Katz admired Jackson Pollock, the AbEx superstar, but found closer kinship in the work of Milton Avery. Globe Staff,, 1 Dec. 2022 From such displays of bicultural hubris, tragedies have blossomed from time immemorial, and the suggestion of a kinship between Mr. Bandele’s storytelling and that of the Western classical tradition is far from outlandish. John Anderson, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2022 Hanks has no special talent for impersonation; accepting him as a recognizable historical figure requires seeing a productive kinship between his persona and someone else’s. A.a. Dowd, Vulture, 2 Sep. 2022 Now, more than three decades later, screenwriter and playwright Anthony McCarten is giving new life to their fleeting kinship with The Collaboration, which opened at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre last month. Ella Feldman, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2023 Conservatives feel deep kinship with Israelis and see in them much to commend, such as unapologetic patriotism and an adamant defense of national sovereignty. Daniel Foster, National Review, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


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First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kinship was in 1833

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“Kinship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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kin·​ship ˈkin-ˌship How to pronounce kinship (audio)
: the quality or state of being kin : relationship

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