kinest

kin

[kin]
noun
1.
a person's relatives collectively; kinfolk.
2.
family relationship or kinship.
3.
a group of persons descended from a common ancestor or constituting a family, clan, tribe, or race.
4.
a relative or kinsman.
5.
someone or something of the same or similar kind: philosophy and its kin, theology.
adjective
6.
of the same family; related; akin.
7.
of the same kind or nature; having affinity.
Idioms
8.
of kin, of the same family; related; akin: Although their surnames are identical they are not of kin.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English cyn; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German kunni, Old Norse kyn, Gothic kuni; akin to Latin genus, Greek génos, Sanskrit jánas. See gender

kinless, adjective

ken, kin, kith.
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kin (kɪn)
 
n
1.  a person's relatives collectively; kindred
2.  a class or group with similar characteristics
3.  See next of kin
 
adj
4.  (postpositive) related by blood
5.  a less common word for akin
 
[Old English cyn; related to Old Norse kyn family, Old High German kind child, Latin genus kind]

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kin
O.E. cyn "family, race, kind, nature," from P.Gmc. *kunjan (cf. O.N. kyn, O.H.G. chunni, Goth. kuni "family, race," O.N. kundr "son," Ger. kind "child"), from PIE *gen- "to produce" (see genus). Kinship is a modern word, first attested 1833 in writing of Mrs. Browning.
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