- of the same family; related; akin.
- of the same kind or nature; having affinity.
- of kin, of the same family; related; akin: Although their surnames are identical they are not of kin.
Origin of kin
Examples from the Web for kins
"I think names ending in 'kins' are very ugly," said Mrs. Lenoir.Mrs. Maxon Protests
These are but two out of seven kins, in one Australian tribe.The Secret of the Totem
The meaning of these two forms would thus seem to be 16 kins.An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs
Sylvanus Griswold Morley
The Kins, however, retained their brightness only a little over a century, having been eclipsed by Jenghiz-Khan in 1234.Man, Past and Present
Agustus Henry Keane
Kin′ship, relationship; Kins′man, a man of the same kin or race with another:—fem.
- a person's relatives collectively; kindred
- a class or group with similar characteristics
- See next of kin
- (postpositive) related by blood
- a less common word for akin
Word Origin and History for kins
c.1200, from Old English cynn "family; race; kind, sort, rank; nature; gender, sex," from Proto-Germanic *kunjam "family" (cf. Old Frisian kenn, Old Saxon kunni, Old Norse kyn, Old High German chunni "kin, race;" Danish and Swedish kön, Middle Dutch, Dutch kunne "sex, gender;" Gothic kuni "family, race," Old Norse kundr "son," German Kind "child"), from PIE *gen(e)- "to produce" (see genus).
Idioms and Phrases with kins
see kith and kin.