next of kin


noun

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.

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Origin of next of kin

First recorded in 1760–70

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next of kin

noun

a person's closest relative or relatives
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