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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Sometimes it comes out in the society papers immediately after it has been made known to the kinfolk and intimate friends.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • His kinfolk hoped that some day he would be President of the Town Board.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • Anyhow he didn't have any kinfolk in this country, so it don't much matter.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • I love you faithfully, and if you are still my good Rosalie I am ready to marry you here in the presence of my kinfolk.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • I've heard my grandfather say that our kinfolk, who dwell far to the south beyond the big seawater, have the same custom.

  • Tell your kinfolk and families and friends and neighbors to make bands and hang together.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • Now he had settled his affairs and come in the guise of a pilgrim to spend the Christmas season with his kinfolk in England.

British Dictionary definitions for kinfolk


plural noun
(mainly US & Canadian) another word for kinsfolk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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