follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

kindred

[kin-drid] /ˈkɪn drɪd/
noun
1.
a person's relatives collectively; kinfolk; kin.
2.
a group of persons related to another; family, tribe, or race.
3.
relationship by birth or descent, or sometimes by marriage; kinship.
4.
natural relationship; affinity.
adjective
5.
associated by origin, nature, qualities, etc.:
kindred languages.
6.
having the same belief, attitude, or feeling:
We are kindred spirits on the issue of gun control.
7.
related by birth or descent; having kinship:
kindred tribes.
8.
belonging to kin or relatives:
kindred blood.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English, variant (with epenthetic d) of kinrede. See kin, -red
Related forms
kindredless, adjective
kindredness, noun
kindredship, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for kindred
  • Indeed he becomes so much absorbed in it as to be able to recognize his kindred after he and they have grown up.
  • Their hearts are turned to their kindred dear.
  • The baby sitters heard each other's accent and knew they were from kindred islands.
  • Children, on the other hand, will recognize immediately that they have found a kindred spirit.
  • They are kindred souls, superb athletes who were steered into the sport by coaches or teammates.
  • My brother and I are kindred spirits, but we found our way into moviemaking through different avenues.
  • We felt glad to be sharing our table with a kindred spirit.
  • As both relied on fair winds for their ocean travels, the bird was welcomed as a kindred spirit.
  • Travel's ultimate thrill may be that one special discovery-and sharing it with kindred souls.
  • At the company, he's found himself in a community of kindred noshers.
British Dictionary definitions for kindred

kindred

/ˈkɪndrɪd/
adjective
1.
having similar or common qualities, origin, etc
2.
related by blood or marriage
3.
kindred spirit, a person with whom one has something in common
noun
4.
relationship by blood
5.
similarity in character
6.
a person's relatives collectively
Derived Forms
kindredness, kindredship, noun
Word Origin
C12 kinred, from kin + -red, from Old English rǣden rule, from rǣdan to rule
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for kindred
kindred
c.1200, kinraden, compound of kin (q.v.) + -rede, from O.E. ræden "condition, rule," related to rædan "to advise, rule" (see read). With intrusive -d- (17c.) probably for phonetic reasons (cf. thunder) but perhaps encouraged by kind (n.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
kindred in Medicine

kindred kin·dred (kĭn'drĭd)
n.
A group of related persons, such as a clan or tribe.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for kindred

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for kindred

13
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with kindred