next of kin
- a person's nearest relative or relatives: The newspaper did not publish the names of casualties until the next of kin had been notified.
- Law. the nearest relative or relatives who share in the estate of a person who dies intestate.
Origin of next of kin
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for next of kin
If he ever got back to Earth, their next-of-kin might want the stuff.The Measure of a Man
Say that you insist, as next-of-kin, on having access to your uncle's belongings.The Chestermarke Instinct
J. S. Fletcher
A year passed, and yet the next-of-kin had heard nothing of the case.Mysteries of Police and Crime
How much was old Mr. Baskerville's estate sworn at by his next-of-kin?Mr. Punch at the Seaside
He's a cousin, you know, and a sort of next-of-kin protector and adviser.The Tigress
next of kin
- a person's closest relative or relatives
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