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  1. a person's relatives collectively; kinfolk.
  2. family relationship or kinship.
  3. a group of persons descended from a common ancestor or constituting a people, clan, tribe, or family.
  4. a relative or kinsman.
  5. someone or something of the same or similar kind: philosophy and its kin, theology.
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  1. of the same family; related; akin.
  2. of the same kind or nature; having affinity.
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  1. of kin, of the same family; related; akin: Although their surnames are identical they are not of kin.
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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.
Related formskin·less, adjective
Can be confusedken kinkin kith
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Examples from the Web for kins

Historical Examples

  • "I think names ending in 'kins' are very ugly," said Mrs. Lenoir.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests

    Anthony Hope

  • These are but two out of seven kins, in one Australian tribe.

  • The meaning of these two forms would thus seem to be 16 kins.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for kins


  1. a person's relatives collectively; kindred
  2. a class or group with similar characteristics
  3. See next of kin
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  1. (postpositive) related by blood
  2. a less common word for akin
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Word Origin

Old English cyn; related to Old Norse kyn family, Old High German kind child, Latin genus kind
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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).

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Idioms and Phrases with kins


see kith and kin.

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