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Origin of kinship

First recorded in 1825–35; kin + -ship

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1. See relationship. 1, 2. connection. 2. bearing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for kinship

affinity, lineage, clan, family, flesh, kindred, blood, tribe, folk, kin, relations

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British Dictionary definitions for kinship


  1. blood relationship
  2. 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.

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kinship in Medicine


  1. Connection by blood, marriage, or adoption; family relationship.
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kinship in Culture


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

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