of the same family; related; akin.
of the same kind or nature; having affinity.

Nearby words

  1. kimbundu,
  2. kimchi,
  3. kimmelstiel-wilson disease,
  4. kimmer,
  5. kimono,
  6. kin selection,
  7. kin-,
  8. kina,
  9. kinabalu,
  10. kinaesthesia


    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.

Related formskin·less, adjective

Can be confusedken kinkin kith Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kins

British Dictionary definitions for kins



a person's relatives collectively; kindred
a class or group with similar characteristics


(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

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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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