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

kinless, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH kin

1. ken, kin ; 2. kin , 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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Medical definitions for kin

kin-

pref.

Variant ofkino-
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Idioms and Phrases with kin

kin

see kith and kin.

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