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 (kĭn′fōk′) also kins·folk (kĭnz′-) or kin·folks (kĭn′fōks′)
Relatives; kindred.


(ˈkɪnˌfəʊk) or


pl n
chiefly US and Canadian another word for kinsfolk


relatives or kindred.


ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kinfolk - people descended from a common ancestorkinfolk - people descended from a common ancestor; "his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower"
people - members of a family line; "his people have been farmers for generations"; "are your people still alive?"
homefolk - the people of your home locality (especially your own family); "he wrote his homefolk every day"
house - aristocratic family line; "the House of York"
dynasty - a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
gens, name - family based on male descent; "he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name"
blood line, bloodline, ancestry, lineage, pedigree, stemma, line of descent, parentage, blood, origin, descent, stock, line - the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors"


also kinsfolk or kinfolks

One's relatives collectively:
References in classic literature ?
A gun cracked among the rocks to the right, and Negore heard the war-yell of all his tribe, and for an instant saw the rocks and bushes bristle alive with his kinfolk.
Nevertheless, it will be wonderful to sit with the likes of Shearer, Harmy and Big Jack, plus so many of his own kinfolk, and recall the wonderful achievements of Wor Jackie, a man who still holds one record as part of the last Newcastle team to win a domestic trophy.
Haar, whose debut docu "Melting Siberia" dealt with rediscovered kinfolk, retains his knack for casual intimacy--for economically capturing a subject's personality in a fleeting vivid gesture or intense facial expression.
Muhammad Ali, who beat Shavers on points in 1977, recalled, 'Earnie hit me so hard he shook my kinfolk back in Africa.
Our kinfolk in Palestine have been slain and severely tortured for nearly a century.
The creepy hanger-on who embarrasses his relatives and sponges off his kinfolk.
George, 41, a friendly, soft-spoken man who designs theme park attractions and 3-D computer models for a living, admits that ``some of my friends have chuckled at me,'' and he concedes that his non-Mormon kinfolk give him ``the cold shoulder'' whenever he tries to discuss Y2K.
Northern blacks migrating from lower Manhattan, their southern kinfolk, and their Caribbean-born cousins all converged on Harlem in the three decades of the twentieth century.
There are glimpses of wizards like Wideman's own Ryan/Damballah, of Young Goodman Browne in the New England forest or perhaps Baby Suggs at The Clearing, or of Harriet Tubman liberating kinfolk in the mid-Atlantic countryside.
The Dukes' Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle), formerly the best moonshine runner around, makes a deal with the government to stop the family trade in exchange for keeping his kinfolk out of jail.
BB's very different extended kinfolk include his father's three, progressively younger wives, plus assorted, progressively younger offspring, all ruled over by the imperiously patriarchal Karamako.
Whitley bay Operatic Society will be presenting Brigadoon in October and is looking for old and new members to come and act as the various kinfolk of the village.