[ kin ]
/ kɪn /
of the same family; related; akin.
of the same kind or nature; having affinity.
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Idioms for kin
of kin, of the same family; related; akin: Although their surnames are identical they are not of kin.
Origin of kin
before 900; Middle English; Old English cyn; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German kunni,Old Norse kyn,Gothic kuni; akin to Latin genus,Greek génos,Sanskrit jánas.See gender1.
OTHER WORDS FROM kinkinless, adjective
Definition for kin (2 of 2)
a diminutive suffix of nouns: lambkin.
Origin of -kin
Middle English <Middle Dutch, Middle Low German -ken; cognate with German -chen
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British Dictionary definitions for kin (1 of 2)
/ (kɪn) /
a person's relatives collectively; kindred
a class or group with similar characteristics
See next of kin
(postpositive) related by blood
a less common word for akin
Word Origin for kin
Old English cyn; related to Old Norse kyn family, Old High German kind child, Latin genus kind
British Dictionary definitions for kin (2 of 2)
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -kin
from Middle Dutch, of West Germanic origin; compare German -chen
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Medical definitions for kin
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Idioms and Phrases with kin
see kith and kin.
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