Definition of kinsman in US English:

kinsman

noun

  • (in anthropological or formal use) a man who is one of a person's blood relations.

    • ‘The Yorkists fell victim in 1483-5 to two of the most common hazards to afflict a personal monarchy: a minority and a ruthlessly ambitious royal kinsman.’
    • ‘On Sundays, Mr Utterson takes walks through the streets of London with Mr. Richard Enfield, a young businessman and distant kinsman.’
    • ‘Nathan ben Israel: Isaac's kind and wise kinsman, who offers him a place to stay near Templestowe.’
    • ‘Cedric and Athelstane discuss the possibility of a Saxon restoration during the upcoming uprising, and the need to start mobilizing and uniting their kinsmen.’
    • ‘Moses was delighted when he saw this kinsman, and happily stood opposite him to watch how he behaved.’
    • ‘They pointed to their linguistic affinities "in convincing colonists to allow their 'kinsmen' to 'return home'".’
    • ‘So, too, it is with families who through marriage extend their branches to offer protection to kinsmen, all the while remaining firmly rooted in the land.’
    • ‘Alan, in one display of this iconic sign system, explains the sign of crossed sticks with a silver button at their center that he leaves for a kinsman.’
    • ‘He was apprenticed in London to a kinsman who was a draper and a member of the Ironmongers' Company, and later carried on trade there on his own account.’
    • ‘The death of any kinsman or woman from any cause might give rise to the hope of their spirit being reincarnated.’
    • ‘But when the pair finally met up with their enamored young kinsman, he was in no mood for fighting.’
    • ‘Allow me to introduce you to my squire, and good kinsman, the noble Valerius de Aurelius.’
    • ‘Rowland Lacy, a kinsman of the earl of Lincoln, loves Rose, the daughter of the lord mayor of London.’
    • ‘Male sanguma are kept with their kinsmen where they will be given every consideration so that they will not again wish to harm one of their kinsfolk.’
    • ‘Like his kinsman, he practiced his art with the aid of the portable camera obscura, but his preternatural acuity and immaculate form carried his work to the edge of hallucination.’
    • ‘His distant kinsman, Mr Enfield, tells him a story of a mysterious Mr Hyde.’
    relative, relation, blood relation, blood relative, family member, one's own flesh and blood, next of kin
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Pronunciation

kinsman

/ˈkinzmən//ˈkɪnzmən/