Definition of kinswoman in US English:


nounPlural kinswomen

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

    • ‘Nathan ben Israel: Isaac's kind and wise kinsman, who offers him a place to stay near Templestowe.’
    • ‘Neither Hebrew nor Aramaic have a specific word for cousin; relatives who are not brothers or sisters are called simply kinsmen or kinswomen, or, for one's first cousin, "the son or daughter of my uncle or aunt."’
    • ‘Rowland Lacy, a kinsman of the earl of Lincoln, loves Rose, the daughter of the lord mayor of London.’
    • ‘His distant kinsman, Mr Enfield, tells him a story of a mysterious Mr Hyde.’
    • ‘Rochester suspects that his distant kinswoman Mrs Fairfax 'may ... have suspected something'.’
    • ‘Mary foresaw a possible pleasurable visit with her kinswoman.’
    • ‘The riskiest anthology I ever made was a selection of poems about death that I recorded on tape for a kinswoman who was dying.’
    • ‘You wouldn't necessarily call the son of a kinswoman your brother’
    • ‘His kinswoman eventually sees the truth, which is a powerful moment equal to the best that the movie had to offer.’
    • ‘I dare not incur the ill-will of my kinswoman.’
    • ‘It is a meeting between a young Jewish woman and her older kinswoman.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cedric and Athelstane discuss the possibility of a Saxon restoration during the upcoming uprising, and the need to start mobilizing and uniting their kinsmen.’
    • ‘They pointed to their linguistic affinities "in convincing colonists to allow their 'kinsmen' to 'return home'".’
    • ‘Moses was delighted when he saw this kinsman, and happily stood opposite him to watch how he behaved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Harris's first marriage was to a kinswoman of Drake's second wife.’
    • ‘Ralph's wife was a daughter or kinswoman of Robert the chamberlain of the Honour of Richmond.’
    • ‘On Sundays, Mr Utterson takes walks through the streets of London with Mr. Richard Enfield, a young businessman and distant kinsman.’
    • ‘The woman you saw in my company, was none other than my kinswoman Morgan.’
    • ‘Sophia runs away with her maid of honour, hoping to find her kinswoman Lady Bellaston in London.’
    • ‘We can never do enough to show our sense of his kindness to our kinswoman, Donna.’
    • ‘This indwelling of charity impelled her to freely go and lovingly come to the aid of her kinswoman.’
    • ‘In November 1560, he was again sick, and made his will, providing for his wife, children, kinswomen, and servants in conventional style.’