kind

noun
\ ˈkīnd How to pronounce kind (audio) \

Definition of kind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2 : fundamental nature or quality : essence a difference in degree but not in kind
3a : goods or commodities as distinguished from money payment in kind
b : the equivalent of what has been offered or received promised to return the favor in kind
4a archaic : nature
b archaic : family, lineage
5 archaic : manner
all kinds of
1 : many likes all kinds of sports
2 : plenty of has all kinds of time

kind

adjective

Definition of kind (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : of a sympathetic or helpful nature was helped by a kind neighbor They were very kind to us.
b : of a forbearing nature : gentle kind treatment of animals
c : arising from or characterized by sympathy or forbearance a kind act a kind smile
2 : of a kind to give pleasure or relief cooled by a kind breeze
3 chiefly dialectal : affectionate, loving

Keep scrolling for more

Choose the Right Synonym for kind

Noun

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

Examples of kind in a Sentence

Noun

hawks and other birds of that kind In this city, you'll find many kinds of people. I like to try different kinds of food. She described the color as a kind of red. I think he's an accountant, financial adviser, or something of that kind.

Adjective

A kind old woman took the cat in and nursed it back to health. It was very kind of you to show me the way. Thank you for your kind words.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Developed by French physicist and engineer Augustin-Jean Fresnel, the first Fresnel lens of its kind was used in 1823 in the Cordouan lighthouse on France’s Atlantic coast. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "To get to the 150-year-old Cana Island Lighthouse, you have to ride a wagon through Lake Michigan," 6 Sep. 2019 In April, Esalen convened a conference on psychedelics, the first of its kind in many years. Wallace Baine, SFChronicle.com, "What’s next for the Esalen Institute?," 5 Sep. 2019 The study, one of the largest of its kind, tracked 451,743 men and women from ten countries in Europe. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "It doesn’t matter if it’s sugary or diet: Study links all soda to an early death," 5 Sep. 2019 And, as evolution is still operating today, all present organisms are the most evolved of their kind. Antonio G. Valdecasas, The Conversation, "Evolution doesn’t proceed in a straight line – so why draw it that way?," 3 Sep. 2019 Justin Verlander is the last of his kind in MLB The Blue Jays starting nine on Sunday had 29 combined at-bats against Verlander. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Justin Verlander tosses no-hitter in Astros' win over Blue Jays," 1 Sep. 2019 But AdventHealth so far is the largest of its kind, and the second in Florida, officials said. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "AdventHealth unveils largest-of-its-kind command center," 28 Aug. 2019 Marinades add flavor — what kind obviously depends on the ingredients and seasonings. NBC News, "How to marinate just about anything," 22 Aug. 2019 This is also the only product of its kind that hasn’t caused breakouts on my skin. Chelsey Hamilton, Health.com, "The Meghan Markle-Approved Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Completely Simplified My Morning Makeup Routine," 21 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Bob Wieting Simi Valley :: Your article on the Dodgers’ catching situation was too kind to management. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: Dodgers fans still seeking relief," 19 July 2019 Both mineral and chemical have their advantages, but derms say mineral blocks tend to be kinder to sensitive skin. Glamour, "The 12 Best Sunscreens, According to Glamour Editors," 27 May 2019 Heading to Florida to experience the magic of Disney World is a vacation every family aims to take at least once—but the happiest place in the world isn't too kind for those on a budget. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Save $$$ on Your Next Trip to Disney World With This Insider Tip," 6 May 2019 Victor was especially kind to one kid who was having trouble socially, playing board games and sitting with him during meals, wrote Justesen. Author: Nina Shapiro, Anchorage Daily News, "‘I didn’t know where to look for him’: ICE ships kids across the country to Pacific Northwest jails," 6 Aug. 2019 Victor was especially kind to one kid who was having trouble socially, playing board games and sitting with him during meals, wrote Justesen. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "‘I didn’t know where to look for him’: ICE ships kids across the country to Pacific Northwest jails," 5 Aug. 2019 Betty wanted people to lead peaceful lives, be kind to one another and to help each other. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 8/3," 2 Aug. 2019 Lastly, Jon asked that people be kind to one another. courant.com, "Jonathan D. Chapitis," 27 July 2019 Hannah doesn't understand why people won't be kind to him. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelorette': Hannah breaks 3 hearts; Luke calls (and drops) baloney on Garrett," 1 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'kind.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of kind

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for kind

Noun and Adjective

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

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for kind

kind

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

kind

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of kind (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 say that something does not cause harm, is not harsh or unpleasant, etc. usually + to
used to make a formal request

kind

noun
\ ˈkīnd How to pronounce kind (audio) \

Kids Definition of kind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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?

kind

adjective
kinder; kindest

Kids Definition of kind (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : wanting or liking to do good and to bring happiness to others : considerate a kind woman
2 : showing or growing out of gentleness or goodness of heart a kind act

kind

noun

Legal Definition of kind

1 : a particular type, category, or class properties of like kind — see also like-kind exchange
2a : an unconverted form a partition of property in kind broadly : a form other than money forbid a bribe in cash or in kind — see also in-kind
b : the equivalent in value repay a loan in kind

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on kind

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with kind

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for kind

Spanish Central: Translation of kind

Nglish: Translation of kind for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of kind for Arabic Speakers

Comments on kind

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

WORD OF THE DAY

recurring in steady succession

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!