follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

kinfolk

[kin-fohk] /ˈkɪnˌfoʊk/
plural noun, Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
relatives or kindred.
Also, kinfolks, kinsfolk.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English kinnes-folk; see kin, folk
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for kinfolk
  • 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

kinfolk

/ˈkɪnˌfəʊk/
plural noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) another word for kinsfolk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for kinfolk
n.

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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for kinfolk

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for kinfolk

18
20
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with kinfolk