Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A group of related persons, as a clan or tribe.
  • noun A person's relatives; kinfolk.
  • adjective Of the same ancestry or family.
  • adjective Having a similar or related origin, nature, or character.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Relationship by birth, marriage, or descent; consanguinity; kinship; affinity.
  • noun Community in kind; intrinsic relationship or connection.
  • noun In a plural sense, relatives by blood or descent, or, by extension, by marriage; a body of persons related to one another; relatives; kin.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective related by blood or marriage
  • noun group of people related by blood or marriage
  • adjective similar in quality or character

Etymologies

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

[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).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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