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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 kinsmen

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Coningsby Dawson

  • They did not scruple, as other Arabs did, to fight against their kinsmen.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for kinsmen


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 kinsmen



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

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