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kin

[kin] /kɪn/
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 people, clan, tribe, or family.
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
900
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
Related forms
kinless, adjective
Can be confused
ken, kin, kith.
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British Dictionary definitions for kinest

kin

/kɪn/
noun
1.
a person's relatives collectively; kindred
2.
a class or group with similar characteristics
3.
adjective
4.
(postpositive) related by blood
5.
a less common word for akin
Word Origin
Old English cyn; related to Old Norse kyn family, Old High German kind child, Latin genus kind
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Word Origin and History for kinest

kin

n.

c.1200, from Old English cynn "family; race; kind, sort, rank; nature; gender, sex," from Proto-Germanic *kunjam "family" (cf. Old Frisian kenn, Old Saxon kunni, Old Norse kyn, Old High German chunni "kin, race;" Danish and Swedish kön, Middle Dutch, Dutch kunne "sex, gender;" Gothic kuni "family, race," Old Norse kundr "son," German Kind "child"), from PIE *gen(e)- "to produce" (see genus).

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Slang definitions & phrases for kinest

kin

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kissing cousin


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Idioms and Phrases with kinest

kin

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