next of kin Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “next of kin” in the English Dictionary

"next of kin" in British English

See all translations

next of kinnoun [C]

uk   us   (plural next of kin)
the ​person or ​group of ​people you are most ​closelyrelated to: We cannot ​release the ​names of the ​soldiers who were ​killed until we have ​informedtheir next of ​kin.
(Definition of next of kin from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"next of kin" in American English

See all translations

next of kinnoun [U]

 us   /ˈnekst əv ˈkɪn/
a very ​closefamilymember or ​familymembers
(Definition of next of kin from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “next of kin”
in Chinese (Simplified) 直系亲属…
in Turkish en yakın akraba…
in Russian ближайший родственник…
in Chinese (Traditional) 直系親屬…
in Polish najbliższa rodzina…
What is the pronunciation of next of kin?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “next of kin”

Word of the Day
public school

in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More