- a person's relatives collectively; kinfolk; kin.
- a group of persons related to another; family, tribe, or clan.
- relationship by birth or descent, or sometimes by marriage; kinship.
- natural relationship; affinity.
- associated by origin, nature, qualities, etc.: kindred languages.
- having the same belief, attitude, or feeling: We are kindred spirits on the issue of gun control.
- related by birth or descent; having kinship: kindred tribes.
- belonging to kin or relatives: kindred blood.
Origin of 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
Word Origin for kindred
Word Origin and History for kindred-ship
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.
- A group of related persons, such as a clan or tribe.