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[kinz-muh n]
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noun, plural kins·men.
  1. a blood relative, especially a male.
  2. a relative by marriage.
  3. a person of the same nationality or ethnic group.
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Origin of kinsman

First recorded in 1100–50, kinsman is from the late Old English word cinnes man. See kin, 's1, man1
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Examples from the Web for kinsman

Historical Examples

  • By some remarkable intuition my kinsman Teunis was prompted to advance at this.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • You are, or rather your kinsman Peter, is still in the wood.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • "Pete Gansevoort dragged you off on his back," my kinsman concluded.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Do you speak to me thus of my kinsman, the Cardinal-Duke de Lerma?

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • We have a fighting strain in us ever since my kinsman followed Ireton's army as a sutler.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for kinsman


noun plural -men
  1. a blood relation or a relation by marriage
  2. a member of the same race, tribe, or ethnic stock
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Derived Formskinswoman, fem n
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Word Origin and History for kinsman


c.1200, kenesmen, from late Old English cynnes mannum; see kin + man. Kinswoman is recorded from c.1400.

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