kin

noun
\ ˈkin How to pronounce kin (audio) \

Definition of kin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a group of persons of common ancestry : clan
2a : 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

kin

adjective

Definition of kin (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Definition of -kin (Entry 3 of 3)

: little catkin babykins

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Examples of kin in a Sentence

Noun

They are her distant kin. invited all of his kith and kin to his graduation party

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Nardine Saad Nardine Saad covers entertainment, celebrities and their kin. Gina Piccalo, latimes.com, "Actor Tab Hunter dies at 86; '50s heartthrob's career ranged from 'Battle Cry' to 'Polyester'," 9 July 2018 Turkish nationalists consider the Uighurs to be kin. Josh Chin, WSJ, "Turkey Calls on China to End Mass Incarceration of Muslim Uighurs," 10 Feb. 2019 What's notable are the small features meant to make the Blazer feel just a little more clever than its kin. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 The recent success of shows like Big Little Lies, Dietland–also created by Noxon–and Killing Eve prove how hungry audiences are for complex female characters, even ones as tortured as Camille and her kin. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "It’s Hard to Watch Sharp Objects, and Even Harder to Look Away," 28 June 2018 This falls to staff like Daniel Miller-Dempsey, a family services coordinator who deploys to hospitals to meet with the kin of potential donors. Ted Alcorn, Vox, "The waiting list for organ transplants is finally shrinking — for a grim reason," 24 Sep. 2018 But luckier — and, often, healthier — are the sick who can convalesce with kin at their side. Sushrut Jangi, BostonGlobe.com, "We shouldn’t keep families out of hospital rooms. Here’s why," 1 May 2018 At issue is whether kin should be considered an investment security. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Are ICO Tokens Securities? Startup Wants a Judge to Decide," 27 Jan. 2019 With a similar oily heat, nutty crunch and facility as a utility player, Mexico’s salsa macha could be chile crisp’s next-of-kin. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chester Gerl’s versatile, crunchy salsa macha is so much more than a chip dip," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of kin

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kin

Noun

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

Adjective

attributive use of kin entry 1

Noun suffix

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

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The first known use of kin was before the 12th century

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kin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kin

somewhat old-fashioned : a person's relatives

kin

noun
\ ˈkin How to pronounce kin (audio) \

Kids Definition of kin

1 : a person's relatives
2 : kinsman
\ kən\
variants: also -kins \ kənz \

Kids Definition of -kin

: little lambkin

kin

noun

Legal Definition of kin

: one's relatives

Other Words from kin

kinship \ -​ˌship How to pronounce kinship (audio) \ noun

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