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[kinz-muh n] /ˈkɪnz mən/
noun, plural kinsmen.
a blood relative, especially a male.
a relative by marriage.
a person of the same nationality or ethnic group.
Origin of kinsman
late Old English
1100-50; late Old English cinnes man. See kin, 's1, man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for kinsman
Historical Examples
  • It must have been after Ht overcame Ttr that he started his kinsman Parbat to me with tribute and an accoutred horse.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • By some remarkable intuition my kinsman Teunis was prompted to advance at this.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • He would always be staying with Thorstein Kuggison, his kinsman, when he was out here (in Iceland).

    Laxdla Saga Anonymous
  • Do you speak to me thus of my kinsman, the Cardinal-Duke de Lerma?

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He fled from the infected air of his kinsman's chamber, and summoned what physicians were available to pronounce and prescribe.

  • By his sovran he sat, come safe from battle, kinsman by kinsman.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • In a former existence the one must have been my enemy, the other my kinsman.

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • Heedless of harm, though his hand was burned, hardy-hearted, he helped his kinsman.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • When their swords crossed he had hated him like death; now he seemed to be striving with a kinsman.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • As an eagle descendeth on its prey, so rusheth my kinsman to the onset.

British Dictionary definitions for kinsman


noun (pl) -men
a blood relation or a relation by marriage
a member of the same race, tribe, or ethnic stock
Derived Forms
kinswoman, noun:feminine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for kinsman

c.1200, kenesmen, from late Old English cynnes mannum; see kin + man. Kinswoman is recorded from c.1400.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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kinsman in the Bible

Heb. goel, from root meaning to redeem. The goel among the Hebrews was the nearest male blood relation alive. Certain important obligations devolved upon him toward his next of kin. (1.) If any one from poverty was unable to redeem his inheritance, it was the duty of the kinsman to redeem it (Lev. 25:25,28; Ruth 3:9, 12). He was also required to redeem his relation who had sold himself into slavery (Lev. 25:48, 49). God is the Goel of his people because he redeems them (Ex. 6:6; Isa. 43:1; 41:14; 44:6, 22; 48:20; Ps. 103:4; Job 19:25, etc.). (2.) The goel also was the avenger (q.v.) of blood (Num. 35:21) in the case of the murder of the next of kin.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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