[ kinz-muh n ]
/ ˈkɪnz mən /

noun, plural kins·men.

a blood relative, especially a male.
a relative by marriage.
a person of the same nationality or ethnic group.

Origin of kinsman

First recorded in 1100–50, kinsman is from the late Old English word cinnes man. See kin, 's1, man1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kinsmen


/ (ˈkɪnzmən) /

noun plural -men

a blood relation or a relation by marriage
a member of the same race, tribe, or ethnic stock
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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