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next of kin

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noun
  1. a person's nearest relative or relatives: The newspaper did not publish the names of casualties until the next of kin had been notified.
  2. Law. the nearest relative or relatives who share in the estate of a person who dies intestate.
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Origin of next of kin

First recorded in 1760–70
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Historical Examples

  • If he ever got back to Earth, their next-of-kin might want the stuff.

    The Measure of a Man

    Randall Garrett

  • Say that you insist, as next-of-kin, on having access to your uncle's belongings.

  • A year passed, and yet the next-of-kin had heard nothing of the case.

  • How much was old Mr. Baskerville's estate sworn at by his next-of-kin?

  • He's a cousin, you know, and a sort of next-of-kin protector and adviser.

    The Tigress

    Anne Warner


British Dictionary definitions for next of kin

next of kin

noun
  1. a person's closest relative or relatives
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