Definition of next of kin in English:

next of kin


  • treated as singular or plural A person's closest living relative or relatives.

    ‘the police notified the next of kin’
    • ‘When the officer asked the woman's name he found it didn't match the next of kin for the deceased.’
    • ‘He said next of kin would be notified before the man's identity was released.’
    • ‘The man is believed to be local, and police spent yesterday tracing his next of kin.’
    • ‘The spokeswoman said the force was in the process of notifying the gunman's next of kin.’
    • ‘It's all about pensions, next of kin, inheritance tax and parenting rights etc.’
    • ‘In the military, we have very strict rules on the notification of next of kin.’
    • ‘The driver's name was being withheld until police could notify next of kin.’
    • ‘It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet my next of kin over sausage rolls and cheesy Wotsits, so naturally Lisa couldn't refuse.’
    • ‘The important details could include types of illness, treatment being administered and details of next of kin.’
    • ‘Obviously, everyone would accept that my husband is my immediate next of kin, and I am his.’
    • ‘People worried about who would be notified as their next of kin in case of medical emergency are being urged to carry a new card to avoid confusion.’
    • ‘The other issue would the one of whether, if someone has not opted out, their next of kin still had to be contacted before organs were taken.’
    • ‘But Richard was only there on behalf of Karen's next of kin, back home in Pennsylvania and too distraught to travel.’
    • ‘They say the government has no right to intervene, that her next of kin should make the decision.’
    • ‘Visits have been restricted to next of kin to prevent the further spread of the highly contagious vomiting bug.’
    • ‘The other man, whose identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin, was wounded in the chest, arm and thigh.’
    • ‘The British embassy in Manila said it could not confirm details until it had notified the next of kin.’
    • ‘We need to establish who he is and inform his next of kin.’
    • ‘For example, in the event of an emergency, you'd like your partner to be immediately recognised as your next of kin.’
    • ‘Her job included sending telegrams about casualties to next of kin.’
    closest relative, closest relation, nearest blood relation, nearest blood relative, closest family member
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