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kin

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noun \ˈkin\

Definition of kin

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

  2. 2a :  one's relatives :  kindred <our neighbors and their kin> <close kin>b :  kinsman <he wasn't any kin to you — Jean Stafford>

  3. 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>

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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kin

adjective

Definition of kin

Origin and Etymology of kin

see 1kin


First Known Use: 1597

Other Anthropology Terms


-kin

noun suffix \kən\
variants: or less commonly

-kins

\kənz\

Definition of -kin

  1. :  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

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kin

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noun \ˈkin\

Definition of kin for English Language Learners

  • : a person's relatives


KIN Defined for Kids

kin

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noun \ˈkin\

Definition of kin for Students

  1. 1 :  a person's relatives

  2. 2 :  kinsman


-kin

noun suffix \kən\
variants: also

-kins

\kənz\

Definition of -kin for Students

  1. :  little <lambkin>


Law Dictionary

kin

noun

Legal Definition of kin

  1. :  one's relatives

kinship

\-ˌship\ play noun


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