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kindred

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noun kin·dred \ˈkin-drəd\

Simple Definition of kindred

  • : a person's relatives

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kindred

  1. 1 a :  a group of related individuals b :  one's relatives

  2. 2 :  family relationship :  kinship

Examples of kindred in a sentence

  1. He went out to sea, and never saw his kindred again.

  2. <the kingdom's royal kindred actually numbers in the thousands>



Origin and Etymology of kindred

Middle English, from kin + Old English rǣden condition, from rǣdan to advise, read


First Known Use: 12th century


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kindred

adjective kin·dred

Simple Definition of kindred

  • : alike or similar

  • : closely related

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kindred

  1. 1 :  of a similar nature or character :  like <a kindred spirit>

  2. 2 :  of the same ancestry

Examples of kindred in a sentence

  1. philosophy, political theory, and kindred topics

  2. I believe she and I are kindred spirits .

  3. German and English are kindred languages.



Did You Know?

If you believe that advice and relatives are inseparable, the etymology of kindred will prove you right. "Kindred" comes from a combination of "kin" and the Old English word ræden ("condition"), which itself comes from the verb rædan, meaning "to advise." "Kindred" entered English as a noun first, in the 12th century. That noun, which can refer to a group of related individuals or to one's own relatives, gave rise to the adjective "kindred" in the 14th century.

14th Century

First Known Use of kindred

14th century



KINDRED Defined for Kids

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kindred

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adjective kin·dred \ˈkin-drəd\

Definition of kindred for Students

  1. :  alike in nature or character <There will be skiing, sledding, and kindred activities.>




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kindred

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noun kin·dred

Definition of kindred for Students

  1. 1 :  a group of related individuals

  2. 2 :  a person's relatives




Medical Dictionary

kindred

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noun kin·dred \ˈkin-drəd\

Medical Definition of kindred

  1. :  a group of related individuals :  a genealogical group <incidence of cancer among members of a kindred>





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