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plural noun Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. relatives or kindred.
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Also kin·folks, kinsfolk.

Origin of kinfolk

1425–75; late Middle English kinnes-folk; see kin, folk
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Related Words

tribe, family, people, house, sibling, relation, folk, member, extraction, affinity, stock, clan, relationship, kindred, blood, cousin, lineage, consanguinity, connection, race

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  • His kinfolk hoped that some day he would be President of the Town Board.

    Ade's Fables

    George Ade

  • Anyhow he didn't have any kinfolk in this country, so it don't much matter.

    News Writing

    M. Lyle Spencer

  • I love you faithfully, and if you are still my good Rosalie I am ready to marry you here in the presence of my kinfolk.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • I've heard my grandfather say that our kinfolk, who dwell far to the south beyond the big seawater, have the same custom.

  • Tell your kinfolk and families and friends and neighbors to make bands and hang together.

    The Covered Wagon

    Emerson Hough

British Dictionary definitions for kinfolk


pl n
  1. mainly US and Canadian another word for kinsfolk
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Word Origin and History for kinfolk


also kin-folk, 1802, principally American English, but the earliest references are British, from kin (n.) + folk (n.). Kinsfolk is recorded from 1844.

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