Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

kin

play
noun \ˈkin\

Simple Definition of kin

  • : a person's relatives

Full Definition of kin

  1. 1 :  a group of persons of common ancestry :  clan

  2. 2 a :  one's relatives :  kindred b :  kinsman <he wasn't any kin to you — Jean Stafford>

  3. 3 archaic :  kinship

Examples of kin

  1. They are her distant kin.

  2. <invited all of his kith and kin to his graduation party>



Origin of kin

Middle English, from Old English cynn; akin to Old High German chunni race, Latin genus birth, race, kind, Greek genos, Latin gignere to beget, Greek gignesthai to be born


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Anthropology Terms

Rhymes with kin


2

kin

adjective

Definition of kin



1597

First Known Use of kin

1597

Other Anthropology Terms


-kin

noun suffix \kən\

Definition of -kin

  1. :  little <catkin> <babykins>



Variants of -kin

also -kins \kənz\

Origin of -kin

Middle English, from Middle Dutch -kin; akin to Old High German -chīn, diminutive suffix




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up kin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 9, 2016

marked by high spirits and laughter

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift pince-nez kittly-benders duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ