next of kin

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next of kin (uncountable)

  1. Closest blood relative, heir to inheritance.
    Lord Bentley has passed away; notify the next of kin.
    Shall we inform the next of kin of his passing?
  2. Close friend, spouse, partner (for example on hospital admission form), loved one, one of someone's close ones.

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