Definition of kinfolk in English:


(also kinsfolk, kinfolks)

plural noun

  • 1(in anthropological or formal use) a person's blood relations, regarded collectively.

    • ‘Most of these marriages were strongly resisted by the kinsfolk of the parties, particularly those that involved agnates from the same village, though none of them were from the same hamlet.’
    • ‘Traditionally, the groom's family and kinfolk would provide a number of pigs and shells to the father of the bride in compensation for the loss of his daughter.’
    • ‘Mobilising her natal familija, most of her son's agnatic kinfolk, and many other unrelated families in the village through persistent negotiations, she mounted a vigorous campaign for her son's election.’
    • ‘Indeed, no blood relations witnessed the will, but only Hester's servant and the kinsfolk of her executor and beneficiary, her ‘good friend Anthony Short,’ the controversial Laudian minister.’
    • ‘And finally, the spirit of the deceased has another chance of life in this world with his/her own kinsfolk.’
    relatives, relations, kin, kindred, family members, family, kith and kin, kinsmen, kinswomen, one's own flesh and blood, blood relatives, connections
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    1. 1.1 A group of people related by blood.
      ‘a set of kinfolk’
      • ‘He is pursued by the Furies, grotesque female divinities charged with the punishment of those who have shed the blood of kinfolk.’
      • ‘By the time we discover the link between the blue bloods, the dead people, and the fracasing kinfolk, we've lost all interest in the outcome or reveal.’
      • ‘Feasts that celebrate deceased kinfolk are still very important celebrations.’
      • ‘In many Aboriginal societies, certain kinfolk stand in what are called ‘avoidance relationships’ with each other.’
      • ‘Before the Clearances, most Highland families lived in such townships, in a kind of collective, or joint-tenancy farm, housing perhaps a hundred or so people, who were often kinsfolk.’