- 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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- 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-ship
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- A group of related persons, such as a clan or tribe.
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