from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The person or persons most closely related by blood to another person.
  • n. Law The closest relative of a deceased person.
  • n. Law The relative or relatives entitled to share in the personal property of one who dies intestate.

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  • n. Closest blood relative, heir to inheritance.

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  • n. the person who is (or persons who are) most closely related to a given person


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  • But if any one is disobedient, either ventures to go to any of the temples and sacrifice unpurified, or will not continue in exile during the appointed time, the next of kin to the deceased shall proceed against him for murder; and if he be convicted, every part of his punishment shall be doubled.


  • Jim Sheeler, a reporter at The Rocky Mountain News, even spent a year following a “casualty assistance calls officer” whose duty it was to notify the next of kin when a Marine was killed, and his subsequent series won a Pulitzer Prize and was published in book form with photographs.

    The Truth About Grief

  • His profession was simply marked “Student,” and in the back under next of kin Justine’s name was listed, with her London address.

    The Thorn Birds

  • Gina Jefferson and Asa Pomeroy’s next of kin had been notified.


  • For hereby he became our göel — the next of kin — unto whom belonged the right of redemptions and from whom alone we could claim relief and succour in our lost condition.


  • Officially, the police aren’t releasing information about who was killed until the next of kin have been notified, but I figured that was you and Luke’s parents.”


  • In September, 1733, as the books in Doctors 'Commons show, letters of administration on his goods and chattels were granted to Mary Brooks, widow, a creditrix, after summoning in official form the next of kin to appear.

    Daniel Defoe

  • It was the office of the next of kin to perform and preside over the whole funeral office; though public buriers were not unknown in New Testament times.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • They said the next of kin were just being notified, but someone at the station has a contact in the department.



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