next of kin

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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.

Origin of next of kin

First recorded in 1760–70
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Related Words for next of kin

heir, relation, relative, sibling, kinsman

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next of kin

noun
  1. a person's closest relative or relatives
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