kin

[ kin ]
/ kɪn /

noun

adjective

of the same family; related; akin.
of the same kind or nature; having affinity.

Idioms

    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.

Related forms

kin·less, adjective

Can be confused

ken kinkin kith

Definition for kin (2 of 2)

-kin


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)

kin

/ (kɪn) /

noun

a person's relatives collectively; kindred
a class or group with similar characteristics

adjective

(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)

-kin


suffix forming nouns

smalllambkin

Word Origin for -kin

from Middle Dutch, of West Germanic origin; compare German -chen
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Idioms and Phrases with kin

kin


see kith and kin.

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