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kinfolk Syllabification: kin·folk
Pronunciation: /ˈkinfōk/
(also kinsfolkˈkinz- or kinfolks)

Definition of kinfolk in English:

plural noun

1(In anthropological or formal use) a person’s blood relations, regarded collectively.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
1.1A group of people related by blood: a set of kinfolk
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • In many Aboriginal societies, certain kinfolk stand in what are called ‘avoidance relationships’ with each other.

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