Origin of kindred

1125–75; Middle English, variant (with epenthetic d) of kinrede. See kin, -red
Related formskin·dred·less, adjectivekin·dred·ness, nounkin·dred·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of kindred

  • No one of our kindred must enter the family of Pericles as a slave.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • The family affection of the Jew, his kindness to his kindred, have become proverbial.

  • With the insight of a kindred temperament he pronounced his verdict.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • If you be really of her kindred, I commend to you my brother: he is at ——, with Mr. Morton.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The plains were fatherland and mother-country, home and kindred, to Tom.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

British Dictionary definitions for kindred



having similar or common qualities, origin, etc
related by blood or marriage
kindred spirit a person with whom one has something in common


relationship by blood
similarity in character
a person's relatives collectively
Derived Formskindredness or kindredship, noun

Word Origin for kindred

C12 kinred, from kin + -red, from Old English rǣden rule, from rǣdan to rule
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Word Origin and History for kindred

c.1200, kinraden, compound of kin (q.v.) + -rede, from Old English ræden "condition, rule," related to rædan "to advise, rule" (see read (v.)). With intrusive -d- (17c.) probably for phonetic reasons (cf. thunder) but perhaps encouraged by kind (n.). As an adjective, 1520s, from the noun.

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Medicine definitions for kindred




A group of related persons, such as a clan or tribe.
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