Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of related persons, as a clan or tribe.
  • n. A person's relatives; kinfolk.
  • adj. Of the same ancestry or family: kindred clans.
  • adj. Having a similar or related origin, nature, or character: kindred emotions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Distant and close relatives, collectively.
  • n. Peoples of the same ethnic descent, not including speaker; brethren.
  • n. A grouping of relatives.
  • n. A combination of extended family and religious group, of the Ásatrú religious order in America.
  • adj. Of the same nature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Related; congenial; of the like nature or properties
  • n. Relationship by birth or marriage; consanguinity; affinity; kin.
  • n. Relatives by blood or marriage, more properly the former; relations; persons related to each other.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Relationship by birth, marriage, or descent; consanguinity; kinship; affinity.
  • n. Community in kind; intrinsic relationship or connection.
  • n. In a plural sense, relatives by blood or descent, or, by extension, by marriage; a body of persons related to one another; relatives; kin.
  • n. A tribe; a body of persons connected by a family or tribal bond: with a plural form.
  • Having kinship; allied by blood or descent; related as kin.
  • Pertaining to kinship; of related origin or character; hence, native; pertaining to nativity : as, to live under kindred skies.
  • Hence Congenial; allied; of like nature, qualities, etc.: as, kindred souls; kindred pursuits.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. related by blood or marriage
  • n. group of people related by blood or marriage
  • adj. similar in quality or character

Etymologies

Middle English kinrede, kindrede, from Late Old English cynrēde : cyn, kin; see genə- in Indo-European roots + -rēde, condition (from Old English rǣden, -rǣden, condition; see ar- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English kindrede, alteration (with epenthetic d) of kinrede, cünreden ("kindred"), from Old English cynrēd, cynrǣden ("kindred, family, generation, posterity, stock, species"), from cynn ("kind, sort, quality, race, family, rank, gender") + -rǣden ("condition, state"), equivalent to kin +‎ -red. More at kin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We just now parted off from the weaving of clothes, the making of blankets, which differ from each other in that one is put under and the other is put around: and these are what I termed kindred arts.

    The Statesman

  • And they have burst the many ties which held them; they were parents, brothers, sisters, children, and friends; but the bond of the kindred is broken, and the silver cord of love is loosed.

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  • Poignant and never sentimental, this elegant memoir recalls how a family adapted and reorganized itself over and over, enduring and succeeding to remain kindred in spite of living apart.

    Brother, I'm Dying: Summary and book reviews of Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat.

  • Now it chanced one holiday, that Kuzia Fakan fared forth to make festival with certain kindred of the court, and she went surrounded by her handmaids.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • People who practice Asatrú are called Asatrúar or Asatrúarfolks, and their groups are called kindred, which says a lot about their value of family, a main component in Asatrú.

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  • But my kindred is nevertheless very numerous, and I thank thee for thy prayer.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • And so the Apostle, using a word kindred with that of my text, but intensifying it by addition, says, 'He became obedient even unto the death of the Cross, wherefore God also hath highly lifted Him up.'

    Expositions of Holy Scripture St. John Chapters I to XIV

  • The Ammonites were next, both in kindred and neighbourhood, to the

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • The refusal to pray for an unbelieving kindred is justified, according to Mahomet, by the duty of a prophet, and the example of Abraham, who reprobated his own father as an enemy of God.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • In Washington he struggled to find anyone who relished those inconsistencies and who he could genuinely call a kindred spirit.

    Storyteller

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