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next of kin

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.


next of kin

noun

  1. a person's closest relative or relatives


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Word History and Origins

Origin of next of kin1

First recorded in 1760–70
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Example Sentences

He knew he was next-of-kin to old Charles Faversham, and would naturally think he would inherit his wealth.

We shall only get our due by taking it, upon my word, as an honest woman, for as for trusting to the next-of-kin!

And if the next-of-kin set aside by the testator should dispute the order, a lawsuit is the result.

He's got something to tell which he thinks you, as next-of-kin to our late Mayor, ought to know.

He was next-of-kin to all lonely and helpless men and women on the Ridge, Michael Brady.

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