- a blood relative, especially a male.
- a relative by marriage.
- a person of the same nationality or ethnic group.
Origin of kinsman
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Examples from the Web for kinsmen
Only when they lay dead before him did he remember that they were his own kinsmen.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
If ever he was to see her it would be to-night, when her kinsmen had promised to return.Murder Point
They did not scruple, as other Arabs did, to fight against their kinsmen.History of Religion
So he collected all his kinsmen, and set off to fetch his bride.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
This being the case it was possible for us to quarrel, like kinsmen.Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens
G. K. Chesterton
- a blood relation or a relation by marriage
- a member of the same race, tribe, or ethnic stock
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Word Origin and History for kinsmen
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