Meaning of next of kin

next' of kin'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a person's nearest relative or relatives: The newspaper did not publish the names of casualties until the next of kin had been notified.
  2. the nearest relative or relatives who share in the estate of a person who dies intestate.
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