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[kin-ship] /ˈkɪn ʃɪp/
the state or fact of being of kin; family relationship.
relationship by nature, qualities, etc.; affinity.
Origin of kinship
First recorded in 1825-35; kin + -ship
1. See relationship. 1, 2. connection. 2. bearing. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for kinship
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  • His only comments on the disclosure of kinship were a "Humph!"

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I could have kicked Bayliss for his officious explanation of kinship.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • His father was my father's cousin, so that my kinship is none so near.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • Less than ever did he now seek to prevail by the voice of kinship.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • She was beheaded in May, 1541, being too near in kinship to the throne to be allowed to live.

British Dictionary definitions for kinship


blood relationship
the state of having common characteristics or a common origin
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Word Origin and History for kinship

by 1764, from kin + -ship. A more pure word than relationship, which covers the same sense but is a hybrid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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kinship in Medicine

kinship kin·ship (kĭn'shĭp')
Connection by blood, marriage, or adoption; family relationship.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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kinship in Culture

kinship definition

A relation between two or more persons that is based on common ancestry (descent) or marriage (affinity).

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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