Meaning of “blood relation” in the English Dictionary

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"blood relation" in British English

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blood relationnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌblʌd rɪˈleɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌblʌd rɪˈleɪ.ʃən/ also blood relative

Examples from literature

  • Among many of the old families only blood relations are expected to eat and drink together on this holy day. 
  • I have no other blood relations in Europe and know nothing of some distant cousins who live in Australia. 
  • My parents were blood relations—cousins in the second degree—my mother, whose maiden name was Minor, having descended from a collateral branch of my father's family. 
  • Some, with blood relations in the States, refused point blank to take up arms. 
  • The priests also instruct the boys on their duty to their blood relations, and teach them the secrets of the tribe. 

(Definition of “blood relation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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