kinship

Kinship is a family relationship. You might describe the wonderful, close kinship you have with your favorite cousin.

Your kin is your family, so it's easy to see that kinship describes family bonds, like the kinship between members of the same Scottish clan or the kinship an uncle feels in the midst of a dozen crazy nieces and nephews. Kinship can also describe a close family-like relationship, like the kinship of the teachers at your school who have worked together for many years and who all care deeply about students and learning.

Definitions of kinship
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n (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption

Synonyms:
family relationship, relationship
Types:
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affinity, phylogenetic relation
(biology) state of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts
descent, filiation, line of descent, lineage
the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors
affinity
(anthropology) kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship
blood kinship, cognation, consanguinity
(anthropology) related by blood
birth, parentage
the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents
fatherhood, paternity
the kinship relation between an offspring and the father
maternity, motherhood
the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother
sisterhood, sistership
the kinship relation between a female offspring and the siblings
brotherhood
the kinship relation between a male offspring and the siblings
marital bed, marital relationship
the relationship between wife and husband
steprelationship
a family relationship by virtue of remarriage
bilateral descent
line of descent traced through both the maternal and paternal sides of the family
unilateral descent
line of descent traced through one side of the family
Type of:
relation
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

n a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character

“felt a deep kinship with the other students”
“anthropology's kinship with the humanities”
Synonyms:
affinity
Types:
rapport, resonance
a relationship of mutual understanding or trust and agreement between people
sympathy
a relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other
mutual affection, mutual understanding
sympathy of each person for the other
Type of:
relation
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

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