kin

[ kin ]
/ kɪn /

noun

adjective

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

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 kin

kin·less, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH kin

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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