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Variant of kinfolk.


pl n
one's family or relatives


relatives or kindred.




 persons of the same kin; relations by blood, 1450—Wilkes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kinsfolk - people descended from a common ancestorkinsfolk - 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"


plural noun family, relations, relatives, connections, kin, kindred, kinsmen He honestly liked his kinsfolk.


also kinsfolk or kinfolks

One's relatives collectively:
أنْسِباء، أقارِب


[ˈkɪnzfəʊk] NPLfamiliares mpl, parientes mpl


[ˈkɪnzfəʊk] kinfolk [ˈkɪnfəʊk] kinfolks [ˈkɪnfəʊks] (US) npl (= relations) → famille f
Poor Emily. Her kinsfolk should come to her → Pauvre Emily. Sa famille devrait venir la voir


nVerwandtschaft f, → Verwandte(n) pl


(kin) noun plural
persons of the same family; one's relations.
ˈkinsfolk (ˈinz-) noun plural
one's relations.
ˈkinsman (ˈkinz-) , ˈkinswoman (ˈkinz-) plurals ˈkinsmen, ~ˈkinswomen nouns
a man or a woman of the same family as oneself.
next of kin
one's nearest relative(s).
References in classic literature ?
You ought to have stopped at your first acts of charity--acts inspired by sympathy and the love of kinsfolk, rather than have continued to squander your means upon what was unnecessary.
This being so, if perchance anyone of thy kinsfolk should come to see thee when thou art in thine island, thou art not to repel or slight him, but on the contrary to welcome him, entertain him, and make much of him; for in so doing thou wilt be approved of heaven
The children, who had made use of this idea of Tess being taken up by their wealthy kinsfolk (which they imagined the other family to be) as a species of dolorifuge after the death of the horse, began to cry at Tess's reluctance, and teased and reproached her for hesitating.
The tie between the Dagonets, the du Lacs of Maryland, and their aristocratic Cornish kinsfolk, the Trevennas, had always remained close and cordial.
Thus the Prince with great dignity and perfect good nature, while Archie looked modestly gratified with the flattering opinions of his kinsfolk, and Steve subsided, feeling he had done his duty as a cousin and a brother.
His wife, too, came of a good yeoman family who farmed their own land, and no doubt John Shakespeare did business with his kinsfolk in both corn and sheep.
I confess, sir," said I, "when I was told that I had kinsfolk well-to-do, I did indeed indulge the hope that they might help me in my life.
Briggs's friends, small tradesmen, in a country town, quarrelled over Miss Briggs's forty pounds a year as eagerly and more openly than Miss Crawley's kinsfolk had for that lady's inheritance.
In her own circle, it was regarded as by no means improper for kinsfolk to visit one another without invitation, or preliminary and ceremonious warning.
Have you ever heard anything from your father's kinsfolk, the Eyres?
And he gave them a second evil to be the price for the good they had: whoever avoids marriage and the sorrows that women cause, and will not wed, reaches deadly old age without anyone to tend his years, and though he at least has no lack of livelihood while he lives, yet, when he is dead, his kinsfolk divide his possessions amongst them.
Never any more, dear kinsfolk and friends; never any more, my children