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kinsman

[kinz-muh n] /ˈkɪnz mən/
noun, plural kinsmen.
1.
a blood relative, especially a male.
2.
a relative by marriage.
3.
a person of the same nationality or ethnic group.
Origin of kinsman
late Old English
1100-1150
First recorded in 1100-50, kinsman is from the late Old English word cinnes man. See kin, 's1, man1
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kinsman

/ˈkɪnzmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a blood relation or a relation by marriage
2.
a member of the same race, tribe, or ethnic stock
Derived Forms
kinswoman, noun:feminine
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kinsman

n.

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

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