Some say kin, others say "family" or "relatives." Call them what you will, but you’re stuck with those people related to you by blood or marriage.

When someone refers to their kith and kin, she means her friends and family. Both words date back to Old English, with kin reaching back to the 700s. Originally referring to one’s family or race, kin narrowed to refer just to one’s blood relations. Your "next of kin" is your closest family member: spouse, child, parent, or sibling.

Definitions of kin
  1. noun
    a person having kinship with another or others
    “he's kin
    synonyms: family, kinsperson
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    (anthropology) kin by marriage
    type of:
    relation, relative
    a person related by blood or marriage
  2. noun
    group of people related by blood or marriage
    synonyms: clan, kin group, kindred, kinship group, tribe
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    mishpachah, mishpocha
    (Yiddish) the entire family network of relatives by blood or marriage (and sometimes close friends)
    family, family unit
    primary social group; parents and children
    your parents
    family tree, genealogy
    successive generations of kin
    a clan or tribe identified by their kinship to a common totemic object
    Tribes of Israel, Twelve Tribes of Israel
    twelve kin groups of ancient Israel each traditionally descended from one of the twelve sons of Jacob
    couple, match, mates
    a pair of people who live together
    man and wife, marriage, married couple
    two people who are married to each other
    ancestry, blood, blood line, bloodline, descent, line, line of descent, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock
    the lineage of an individual
    Lost Tribes
    the ten Tribes of Israel that were deported into captivity in Assyria around 720 BC (leaving only the tribes of Judah and Benjamin)
    type of:
    social group
    people sharing some social relation
  3. adjective
    related by blood
    synonyms: akin, blood-related, cognate, consanguine, consanguineal, consanguineous
    connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage
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