- a person's relatives collectively; kinfolk; kin.
- a group of persons related to another; family, tribe, or clan.
- relationship by birth or descent, or sometimes by marriage; kinship.
- natural relationship; affinity.
- associated by origin, nature, qualities, etc.: kindred languages.
- having the same belief, attitude, or feeling: We are kindred spirits on the issue of gun control.
- related by birth or descent; having kinship: kindred tribes.
- belonging to kin or relatives: kindred blood.
Origin of kindred
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Examples from the Web for kindred
I learned some things from my younger self—the adventurous, kindred spirit.Shailene Woodley Opens Up About Coming of Age, ‘Divergent,’ and the Faults in Our World
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So, to take his mind off things, he logs into a phone sex chatroom and connects with a woman whom he thinks is a kindred spirit.The Mysteries of ‘Her’: Kristen Wiig’s Phone Sex Scene, Scarlett Johansson, and More
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Just me, my 95-year-old dad, and tens of thousands of our kindred spirits.Ole Miss Football Games Unite a Son and His Aging Father
November 16, 2013
Kramer and Billy are kindred spirits, but Kramer accuses Billy of being blinded by the seductions of capitalism.The Novel Fox News Doesn’t Want You to Read: Ernest Poole’s ‘The Harbor’
August 23, 2012
An American boy found a kindred spirit in the king of England and was inspired to fight this disorder.Harvey Weinstein on Why He Re-Released The King's Speech PG-13
April 8, 2011
No one of our kindred must enter the family of Pericles as a slave.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The family affection of the Jew, his kindness to his kindred, have become proverbial.The Man Shakespeare
With the insight of a kindred temperament he pronounced his verdict.The Secret Agent
If you be really of her kindred, I commend to you my brother: he is at ——, with Mr. Morton.Night and Morning, Complete
The plains were fatherland and mother-country, home and kindred, to Tom.The Village Watch-Tower
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- having similar or common qualities, origin, etc
- related by blood or marriage
- kindred spirit a person with whom one has something in common
- relationship by blood
- similarity in character
- a person's relatives collectively
C12 kinred, from kin + -red, from Old English rǣden rule, from rǣdan to rule
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Word Origin and History for kindred
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A group of related persons, such as a clan or tribe.
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