next of kin
- Next of kin is the closest living relative or relatives to a person.
An example of next of kin is a son to a widowed mother.
A woman with her next of kin.
next of kin definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a person's nearest relative or relatives
- those persons who may be entitled by statute to share in the estate of one who dies without a will
- sometimes, the nearest blood relative as defined by statute
next of kin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. next of kinThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- The person or persons most closely related by blood to another person.
- Law a. The closest relative of a deceased person.b. (used with a pl. verb) The relative or relatives entitled to share in the personal property of one who dies intestate.
next of kin - Legal Definition
The individual(s) of closest consanguinity to a decedent.