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[kinz-woo m-uh n] /ˈkɪnzˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural kinswomen.
a female relative.
a woman of the same nationality or ethnic group.
Origin of kinswoman
1350-1400; Middle English; see kin, 's1, woman, modeled on kinsman Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On the contrary, he determined to make an application to his kinswoman in his own person.

    The Pirate Sir Walter Scott
  • We are starting to-day, and shall sleep at the house of your kinswoman, to whom we have a letter.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
  • She could not speak—she only looked imploringly in sad fear and wonder into the face of her kinswoman.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • She was a kinswoman of Ewell, and said to have been his early love.

  • Wilt thou not think on Groa, her mother, and of Groa's dealings with thy father, and with Unna my kinswoman?

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • And thou 'rt not amazed, Elsie, that our captain and his kinswoman will wed?

    Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
  • I may take the privilege of praising you, although you are a married woman, since you are my kinswoman by two distinct ties.

    Little Nobody Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • My kinswoman was fond of pan, and I hastened to place some before her.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • No common delight mingled with Percival's amaze when in that name he recognized one borne by his own kinswoman.

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Peter Sherringham came humanely to his kinswoman's assistance.

    The Tragic Muse Henry James

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