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Questions tagged [kinship-terms]

Questions about kinship terms (words for family members).

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Is there a word for the relationship between my cousin's family and mine?

My mother's brother is my "uncle". His son is my "cousin". His wife is my "aunt". Each of these words names a specific person based on their familial relationship to me. Together the three of them ...
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What is correct phrase for the relationship with my son's father/mother in law

What is the correct phrase for the relationship between me and my son's father/mother in law?
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Word for “person living with in-laws” or “feeling awkward and inadequate”

Is there a word for a Person living with in-law parents, by which I mean, a man or a woman who got married and moved to his or her parents in laws' house, in English ? There is a word for it in my ...
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Plural form of “Son-in-law” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Words that are pluralized in the middle? I've heard it pronounced both ways: Sons-in-law and Son-in-laws While one may be more technically correct than the other, are ...
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Is there a term for my Grandparent's Cousin? As in, “My grandparent's cousin is my _____”

Just doing some family research, and I came across a relative we'll call "Bob". I'm looking for a term to be able to easily refer to my relation to Bob, like "Bob is my Grand-Uncle" or something ...
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What to call mother-in-law after divorce? [closed]

After my divorce, do I still call my mother-in-law "mother"? We are not on that good terms at the moment. To her I am the enemy, even though I did not file for divorce. She would still be the grandma ...
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difference between kind and type

I somewhat know the difference between kind and type, but I want to know it in detail so I can be able to use these words in my daily conversation. Which one of these is correct? What kind of job ...
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Non-gender uncle/aunt relation name [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a single term for “nieces and nephews”? Is there a gender-neutral word for [aunts and uncles], parents' siblings? The non-gender name for 'mother' ...
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Single term to include children from multiple births

I’m wondering if there is single term to indicate that a child is a twin, triplet, quadruplet, etc., without specifying the exact number of siblings in the multiple birth. For example, a “multiple-...
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What is my 1st cousin twice removed 4 great grandfather to me? [closed]

My first cousin twice removed married my great-great aunt, so what is my first cousin twice removed’s four-times-great-grandfather to me? Do we share common ancestors?
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'my eldest son'

If there are three children in the family: A. a boy, eldest B. a girl C. a boy, youngest Is it correct for their father to refer to A as 'my eldest son' and to B as 'my younger daughter'? If not, ...
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Stepfamily, Cousins and Other Ancestries

What is the relationship between me and... my cousin my stepson I found this image: but I'm still confused what the relationship is. Is "first cousin" and "cousin" the same? Are there other (...
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“eldest” vs. “firstborn”

A family genealogist discovered that his grandparent who was believed to have had six siblings actually had two more who had died very young; one died a few days after birth. The firstborn died at ...
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What should we call our elder cousin's wife? [closed]

We don’t call our cousins cousin Somebody the way we do with uncles and aunts; we just refer to them by their given name directly. But sometimes we cannot use their name to address them, such as if ...
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Is there a word for the last descendant (with no other descendants)?

Based on the results from Google, 'Primogenitor' refers to the first ancestor. Is there a word that means the last descendant?
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half-siblings - adults' relationship

I was married and we had a daughter. We divorced. My ex-husband remarried and has a son. Our daughter and his son are half-siblings - share a dad. What am I to his son? What is his new wife to my ...
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Relations by marriage after the married person dies [closed]

Let's say Alice is married to Bob. Alice died. Is Alice's mother still referred to as Bob's mother-in-law? Let's say Alice also had a brother Charlie. Is Bob still referred to as the uncle of Charlie'...
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Animals containing the word “monster”? [closed]

My children have become most concerned with monsters, especially since discovering Scooby Doo. Other than Gila monsters, are there other animals containing the word monster? Note: I have done typical ...
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The family unit led by an aunt or uncle

I need this word rather frequently in conversation and it bothers me that I don't know it. This word is the name of the family unit belonging to an uncle or aunt, or both. Similarly, the word for the ...
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Is there a word for your parent's significant other's children?

My mother has a boyfriend, he has kids. How do I refer to them in relation to me besides saying my mom's boyfriend's kids. My mother is not biologically related to her boyfriends kids.
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What's the adjective to the word “sibling” [closed]

I'm looking for the adjective that goes with sibling. My sentence would be something like: The [...] relationship. So the adjective would be used to denote that the relationship is one between ...
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Which one can be named or acknowledged as the elder brother (sister) between twins who was born earlier and later in UK and America?

There is the following sentence in Jeffery Archer’s detective story False Impression: Arabella was so wise and sensible. If only her beloved twin had been born a few minutes earlier rather than a ...
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Equivalent of “married” for people in a relationship?

When asked the question “Are you in a relationship?” an appropriate answer would be “No, I’m married.” However, if asked “Are you married?” you may say "No, I’m in a relationship.” But my question ...
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“dead brother's grandson” VS “passed-away brother's grandson”

One is dead brother's grandson (and) dead sister's grandson. The other is passed-away brother's grandson (and) passed-away sister's grandson. They come from part of a novel which I'm ...
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Is “elder brother” implicit in “brother”?

I just watched a film called Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. I wonder how one knows whether he is an elder brother or a younger brother when he only says that he has a brother and does not ...
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Is there a word for my father's ex-wife's brother?

My father was married to Alice. They divorced and then my father married my mother. A few years later they later had me. I've read this: What are the limits of the prefix 'step' to describe ...
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How far out does “in-law” go? [closed]

The sister to a husband becomes the wife's sister-in-law. If the sister in-law was to marry a woman, would she also become the wife's sister-in-law? If so can you keep calling the family of your in-...
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Use of “brother” in non-family and non-religious contexts

I think the word brother (sometimes spelled brotha or bro) has been used for a long time among African Americans when talking to one another with the meaning of "pal" and not in a family context. ...
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Title or word to describe the first, original member of a family tree

I'm looking for a word to signify the ancestor from which a family tree is derived. They would be the first, from whom all other family members are descended. Does such a word exist? I imagine, given ...
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Your parent's cousin is your first cousin once removed, but is it common to call them aunt/uncle instead?

My cousin's child would be my first cousin once removed, and I would be the same to them, but according to the same link: The appropriate name for addressing your cousin’s child is niece or ...
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What do I call this family member?

Sorry for asking homework, but this question is really confusing; I think the answer is some type of cousin, but I don't know if it's first, second, third, etc. and once removed, twice removed, etc. ...
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Commas when listing family members?

Help, I can't find the answer anywhere! Tom has three brothers and one sister. When listing them, how do you punctuate? My instinct is to do it this way: Tom has three brothers, John, Edward, and ...
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Is there a word for my relation to ex-wife's child?

If I marry a woman and she has a child, I am a step parent. But what if the sequence is reversed? For example, suppose I am married to a woman, get divorced and she subsequently has a child by ...
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How do I refer to the unmarried mother of my grandson?

My son had a child with his girlfriend. Since they’re not married, how do I refer to her. Is daughter-in-law proper?
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Gender-neutral version of widow & widower?

Would it make more sense to use a third, different word, e.g. "spouse" instead of wife & husband, or use one of them, e.g. "actor" for actor & actress. "Widow" seems like the obvious choice, ...
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Heteronormative for nuclear family structure?

Heteronormative is used to refer to a world view that promotes heterosexuality as normal or preferred. It is usually in reference to sexual orientation. Is there a separate word for describing a ...
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What is the Term for a Widow's In-Laws?

What does the term for the in-law relationship become when someone is widowed? For example when someone is divorced, I have heard the relationship dubbed ex-in-laws. Is there a similar term or phrase ...
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What is the name for a step sister's half brother?

So basically, my mom recently remarried to a man with one daughter from a previous marriage. Obviously, she's my step-sister. Now, here's where I get confused; my step sister's mother had been ...
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Is the father/brother/sister of a stepmother a grandfather/uncle/aunt?

My daughter married a man with a twelve-year-old son. They had been dating for over five years. Now that they are married: Am I technically the boy’s grandfather? Are my daughter’s siblings his aunts ...
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Are my half siblings related to my half brother? [closed]

My parents Bianca and Ivan are currently married and have always been since before I was born. Both of my parents have had previous relationships in the past. Bianca had a previous relationship with ...
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What do you call your father's other wife? [closed]

This is a question for a fanfic of mine, where the main character's father has two wives, the main character's mother and another female. What would the main character call the other wife? Note: They ...
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Term for all relatives not in direct ancestry?

Is there a word or phrase to describe all familial relatives who are a part of the same family tree, but not either direct ancestors or direct descendants? Included in that list would be: siblings ...
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What is the correct phrase for ex-in-laws when divorced? [closed]

If you get divorced, are your ex-spouse's siblings' children still your nieces or nephews?
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Is it appropriate to use “father” in a legal context?

In a legal petition, how do you describe, in a formal manner, someone being the father of another person? Is this example acceptable? John Doe, deceased, father of the plaintiff.
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Word for sibling's sibling-in-law? [duplicate]

Imagine this scenario: Amy and Brent are sister and brother. Clive and Derek are brothers. Amy marries Clive. Derek is therefore Amy's brother-in-law. Brent is also Clive's brother-in-law. Derek and ...
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Referring to uncle's wife as “aunt” vs. nephew's wife as “niece”

I may be going out on a pragmatic/cultural limb here, but is there an asymmetry in the commonly accepted practice of referring to your uncle's wife as "aunt" but not referring to your nephew's wife as ...
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Am I half Hispanic or part Hispanic? [closed]

I was born and raised in Florida. My mom is from Colombia and my dad is from Ecuador. So would I say I am half American, half Colombian, half ecuadorian? Or should I say I am part colombian and ...
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Is there a non-technical gender-neutral term for child above the age where a person is no longer considered a child? [duplicate]

A person is their parent's child always, but past an arbitrary age, it's no longer appropriate to call them a "child". I'm familiar with the term "Offspring", but that sounds technical, is there a ...
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What is the relationship of my brother's son to my wife's brother's daughter? [closed]

I need to introduce my nephew (my brother's son) to my nieces (my wife's brother's daughters). They're related, but only through marriage. How do I introduce them?
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Word for a parent whose children have all died [duplicate]

I know there have been other questions asked that are similar, but I want to know about the specific case where a person has had a child or children, but all have passed on. Is there an accepted word ...