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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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  • 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
  • The barghest has a kinsman in the Rongeur d'Os of Norman folklore.

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

    Laxdla Saga Anonymous
  • He was Kociuszko's kinsman and had been his father's friend.

    Kosciuszko Monica Mary Gardner
  • He fled from the infected air of his kinsman's chamber, and summoned what physicians were available to pronounce and prescribe.

  • The Hurons regarded the rattlesnake as a kinsman of their ancestor.

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

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • This I say in all sincerity, and with a single purpose, as any kinsman might do.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • 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
  • Said Christopher: "Never a kinsman of blood have I, though many well-wishers."

    Child Christopher William Morris
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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