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[kin-fohk] /ˈkɪnˌfoʊk/
plural noun, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
relatives or kindred.
Also, kinfolks, kinsfolk.
Origin of kinfolk
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English kinnes-folk; see kin, folk Unabridged
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  • For that matter a great pizza and great pasta are kinfolk.
  • Once in power, all politicians face pressure to steal public money and share it out among their supporters and kinfolk.
  • If you were in power, you would grow rich and your kinfolk would get more jobs in the civil service.
  • These kinfolk don't take kindly to strangers, and they're even less trusting of authority figures.
  • The ancestry of literature is, of course, another sort of kinfolk.
  • Over time her longings endowed us with whole generations of kinfolk.
British Dictionary definitions for kinfolk


plural noun
(mainly US & Canadian) another word for kinsfolk
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Word Origin and History for kinfolk

also kin-folk, 1802, principally American English, but the earliest references are British, from kin (n.) + folk (n.). Kinsfolk is recorded from 1844.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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