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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
First recorded in 1100-50, kinsman is from the late Old English word cinnes man. See kin, 's1, man1 Unabridged
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  • By some remarkable intuition my kinsman Teunis was prompted to advance at this.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • You are, or rather your kinsman Peter, is still in the wood.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • "Pete Gansevoort dragged you off on his back," my kinsman concluded.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Do you speak to me thus of my kinsman, the Cardinal-Duke de Lerma?

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • We have a fighting strain in us ever since my kinsman followed Ireton's army as a sutler.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Are you a kinsman of Joseph Clarke, the old Roundhead of that town?'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Aboukar, for such was the Moor's name, then ushered in his kinsman.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • By his sovran he sat, come safe from battle, kinsman by kinsman.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • Heedless of harm, though his hand was burned, hardy-hearted, he helped his kinsman.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • 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
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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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