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noun \ˈkīnd\

Simple Definition of kind

  • : a group of people or things that belong together or have some shared quality : a particular type or variety of person or thing

Full Definition of kind

  1. 1 a archaic :  nature b archaic :  family, lineage

  2. 2 archaic :  manner

  3. 3 :  fundamental nature or quality :  essence

  4. 4 a :  a group united by common traits or interests :  category b :  a specific or recognized variety <what kind of car do you drive> c :  a doubtful or barely admissible member of a category <a kind of gray>

  5. 5 a :  goods or commodities as distinguished from money <payment in kind> b :  the equivalent of what has been offered or received

all kinds of
  1. 1 :  many <likes all kinds of sports>

  2. 2 :  plenty of <has all kinds of time>

Examples of kind

  1. hawks and other birds of that kind

  2. In this city, you'll find many kinds of people.

  3. I like to try different kinds of food.

  4. She described the color as a kind of red.

  5. I think he's an accountant, financial adviser, or something of that kind.

Origin of kind

Middle English kinde, from Old English cynd; akin to Old English cynn kin

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of kind

type, kind, sort, nature, description, character mean a number of individuals thought of as a group because of a common quality or qualities. type may suggest strong and clearly marked similarity throughout the items included so that each is typical of the group <one of three basic body types>. kind may suggest natural grouping <a zoo seemingly having animals of every kind>. sort often suggests some disparagement <the sort of newspaper dealing in sensational stories>. nature may imply inherent, essential resemblance rather than obvious or superficial likenesses <two problems of a similar nature>. description implies a group marked by agreement in all details belonging to a type as described or defined <not all acts of that description are actually illegal>. character implies a group marked by distinctive likenesses peculiar to the type <research on the subject so far has been of an elementary character>.

Rhymes with kind




Simple Definition of kind

  • : having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others : wanting and liking to do good things and to bring happiness to others

  • —used to make a formal request

Full Definition of kind

  1. 1 chiefly dialect :  affectionate, loving

  2. 2 a :  of a sympathetic or helpful nature b :  of a forbearing nature :  gentle c :  arising from or characterized by sympathy or forbearance <a kind act>

  3. 3 :  of a kind to give pleasure or relief

Examples of kind

  1. A kind old woman took the cat in and nursed it back to health.

  2. It was very kind of you to show me the way.

  3. Thank you for your kind words.

14th Century

First Known Use of kind

14th century

KIND Defined for Kids



noun \ˈkīnd\

Definition of kind

  1. :  a group of persons or things that belong together or have something in common <All kinds of people came.> <What kind of car does she drive?>




Definition of kind


  1. 1 :  wanting or liking to do good and to bring happiness to others :  considerate <a kind woman>

  2. 2 :  showing or growing out of gentleness or goodness of heart <a kind act>

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