kinship

[ kin-ship ]
/ ˈkɪn ʃɪp /

noun

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
SYNONYMS FOR kinship
1 See relationship.
1, 2 connection.
2 bearing.
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British Dictionary definitions for kinship

kinship

/ (ˈkɪnʃɪp) /

noun

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

kinship


n.

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

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Medicine definitions for kinship

kinship

[ kĭnshĭp′ ]

n.

Connection by blood, marriage, or adoption; family relationship.
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Culture definitions for kinship

kinship


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

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