: related by blood : descended from a common ancestor or prototype
The dog and fox are closely akin.
: essentially similar, related, or compatible
His interests are akin to mine.

Examples of akin in a Sentence

The two languages are closely akin. foxes are closely akin to dogs
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Word History


a- entry 1 + kin entry 1

First Known Use

1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of akin was in 1525

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“Akin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/akin. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: related by blood
: essentially similar or related

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