One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group of people related by blood or marriage.
- ‘A man belongs permanently to the kinship group of his father, while a woman changes membership from her natal kin group to the kin group of her husband at the time of marriage.’
- ‘Kinship is patrilineal, and women continue to remain members of their kin groups after marriage.’
- ‘Today there are no kin groups larger than the extended family.’
- ‘Before colonization, an individual's identity was grounded in his or her kin group and rarely extended beyond the kin groups of close relatives and in-laws.’
- ‘Partners often come from the same kin group, and though marriage between different ethnic groups is accepted, it is not too common.’
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