American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Race; family; breed; kind.
- n. Collectively, persons of the same race or family; kindred.
- n. Relationship; consanguinity or affinity; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
- n. Kind; sort; manner; way.
- n. A person's nearest relatives according to the civil law. (Stimson.) The phrase does not include a widow, she being specifically provided for by the law as widow, and it is sometimes used in contradistinction to children: as, the widow, children, and next of kin. In either use it means that one (or more) who stands in the nearest degree of blood-relationship to the deceased. What degree is deemed nearest varies somewhat in the details of the law of different jurisdictions; but in general where there are no children, or descendants of children, the father is the next of kin, and if there is no father, the mother, and if no parent, the brothers and sisters are the next of kin, and so on.— Of kin, of the same kin; having relationship; of the same nature or kind; akin. See akin.
- Of kin; of the same blood; related.
- Of the same kind or nature; having affinity.
- n. A chap or chilblain.
- n. A weight, in use in China and Japan, equal to 601.043 grams, or nearly 1⅓ pounds avoirdupois; a catty.
- n. A Chinese musical instrument, of very ancient origin, having from five to twenty-five silken strings. It is played like a lute.
- n. A diminutive suffix, attached to nouns to signify a little object of the kind mentioned: as, lambkin, a little iamb; pipkin, a little pipe: catkin, a little cat, etc. As applied to persons it usually conveys contempt, as in
lordkin. It is sometimes preceded by a short vowel, as in canakinor cannikin, manakin or manikin, bootikin, etc. In the obsolete bodikin, ladikin (lakin), etc., the diminutive form is due to the tendency to mince oaths. In many words, as bumpkin, buskin, firkin, griskin, kilderkin, malkin, napkin, Siskin, etc., the diminutive force is for various reasons (but chiefly because most of them are not of original English formation) not now perceived. In finikin the suffix is adjectival. In bodkin, gherkin, pumpkin, and some other words the termination requires special explanation: see their etymology.
- n. Same as kine.
- n. Race; family; breed; kind.
- n. collectively Persons of the same race or family; kindred.
- n. One or more relatives, such as siblings or cousins, taken collectively.
- n. Relationship; same-bloodedness or affinity; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
- n. Kind; sort; manner; way.
- adj. Related by blood or marriage, akin. Generally used in "kin to".
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A primitive Chinese instrument of the cittern kind, with from five to twenty-five silken strings.
- n. Relationship, consanguinity, or affinity; connection by birth or marriage; kindred; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
- n. Relatives; persons of the same family or race.
- (Physics) The unit velocity in the C. G. S. system -- a velocity of one centimeter per second.
- adj. Of the same nature or kind; kinder.
- n. group of people related by blood or marriage
- n. a person having kinship with another or others
- adj. related by blood
- From Middle English kin, kyn, ken, kun, from Old English cynn ("kind, sort, rank, quality, family, generation, offspring, pedigree, kin, race, people, gender, sex, propriety, etiquette"), from Proto-Germanic *kunjan (“race, generation, descent”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁- (“to produce”). Cognate with Scots kin ("relatives, kinfolk"), North Frisian kinn, kenn ("gender, race, family, kinship"), Dutch kunne ("gender, sex"), Middle Low German kunne ("gender, sex, race, family, lineage"), German Künne, Kunne ("kin, kind, race"), Swedish kön ("gender, sex"), Icelandic kyn ("gender"), Latin genus ("kind, sort, ancestry, birth"), Ancient Greek γένος (genos, "kind, race"), Albanian dhen ("(herd of) small cattle"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English cyn; see genə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Well, shes no kin o yours, nor much acquaintance as Ive ever heared of, said Mrs. Glegg, who always cried just as much as was proper when anything happened to her own kin, but not on other occasions.”
“Ef Doctor Mac kin save Lou's life -- an 'he _kin_ -- yo'd be a murderer, -- yes, a murderer uv yo'r own flesh an' blood, ter forbid him. ”
“II. iii.27 (53,7) Two such opposed foes encamp them still] [W: opposed kin] _Foes_ may be the right reading, or _kings_, but I think _kin_ can hardly be admitted.”
“Payments for downloads are made through Google Checkout. im still having troubles with my kin one it feels like everything on my kin is mashed up together but i still like it:)”
“Knowing this, he went on: 'O Paṭācārā, to one passing to another world no child nor other kin is able to be a shelter or a hiding-place or a refuge.”
“His prayer is that this military government long may live as such to train the great mass which he calls kin into a synthetic whole.”
“This means that the difference between keen and kin is that in the former the vowel “involves considerable tensing of the vocal apparatus” (Roca and Johnson p. 182).”
“Occupy Wall Street is the long-term kin to the festival experience held throughout the country for much of the year.”
“Postulation of a link between death and helping one's kin is a non-sequitur.”
“But for a growing number of adult children, reconnecting with kin is more than just a holiday affair.”
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