Definition of next of kin in US English:

next of kin


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

    ‘the police notified the next of kin’
    • ‘The driver's name was being withheld until police could notify next of kin.’
    • ‘He said next of kin would be notified before the man's identity was released.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Obviously, everyone would accept that my husband is my immediate next of kin, and I am his.’
    • ‘We need to establish who he is and inform his next of kin.’
    • ‘The British embassy in Manila said it could not confirm details until it had notified the 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.’
    • ‘The important details could include types of illness, treatment being administered and details of next of kin.’
    • ‘When the officer asked the woman's name he found it didn't match the next of kin for the deceased.’
    • ‘In the military, we have very strict rules on the notification of next of kin.’
    • ‘They say the government has no right to intervene, that her next of kin should make the decision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Visits have been restricted to next of kin to prevent the further spread of the highly contagious vomiting bug.’
    • ‘Her job included sending telegrams about casualties to next of kin.’
    • ‘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 man, whose identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin, was wounded in the chest, arm and thigh.’
    • ‘It's all about pensions, next of kin, inheritance tax and parenting rights etc.’
    • ‘But Richard was only there on behalf of Karen's next of kin, back home in Pennsylvania and too distraught to travel.’
    closest relative, closest relation, nearest blood relation, nearest blood relative, closest family member
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next of kin

/nɛkst əv/