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kin

noun \ ˈkin \

Definition of kin

1 :a group of persons of common ancestry :clan
2 a :one's relatives :kindred
  • our neighbors and their kin
  • close kin
b :kinsman
  • he wasn't any kin to you
  • —Jean Stafford
3 archaic :kinship

Examples of kin in a Sentence

  1. They are her distant kin.

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

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Origin and Etymology 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

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2

kin

adjective

Definition of kin

Origin and Etymology of kin

see 1kin

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-kin

noun suffix \ kən \
variants: or less commonly -kins \kənz\

Definition of -kin

:little
  • catkin
  • babykins

Origin and Etymology of -kin

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



KIN Defined for English Language Learners

kin

noun

Definition of kin for English Language Learners

  • : a person's relatives


KIN Defined for Kids

kin

noun \ ˈkin \

Definition of kin for Students

1 :a person's relatives
2 :kinsman

-kin

noun suffix \ kən \
variants: also -kins \kənz\

Definition of -kin for Students

:little
  • lambkin

Law Dictionary

kin

noun

legal Definition of kin

:one's relatives

kinship

play \-ˌship\ noun


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