kind

1 of 2

noun

1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
4
a
archaic : nature
b
archaic : family, lineage
5
archaic : manner

kind

2 of 2

adjective

1
a
: 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
Phrases
all kinds of
1
: many
likes all kinds of sports
2
: plenty of
has all kinds of time
Choose the Right Synonym for kind

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

Example Sentences

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
For a limited time, thousands of one-of-a-kind products are up to 60% off and ready to impress any Secret Santa giftee or person who has everything on your list. Jake Smith And Talia Abbas, Glamour, 26 Nov. 2022 The one-of-a-kind, independent hotels cater to travelers who prize unique, bespoke experiences. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 23 Nov. 2022 The Aera Diffuser is one-of-a-kind in that it’s an essential oil diffuser controlled entirely by smartphone app. Rebecca Norris Updated, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2022 The tour will also feature a silent auction with holiday baskets and one-of-a-kind items. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 At Kaori, the new incense room within the Japanese store and restaurant Ogata Paris, Gaia Repossi embarks on a one-of-a-kind sensory journey. Alice Cavanagh, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2022 Artists create one-of-a-kind ornaments for the Winter Wonderland Ornament Spectacular. The Courier-Journal, 21 Nov. 2022 The owners of one-of-a-kind shops and stores invite you in to sample their wares in this new series. cleveland, 20 Nov. 2022 These are some of the people behind the art that will be for sale at several holiday art markets in the next few weeks — events designed to offer unusual, one-of-a-kind gift possibilities for holiday gift-giving. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022
Adjective
Pyle was remembered as a generous and kind person, a mother who had wedding plans in the near future. Anchorage Daily News, 27 Nov. 2022 Pyle, 52, was remembered as a generous and kind person, a mother who had wedding plans in the near future. Tyneka Johnson, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2022 Pyle was remembered as a generous and kind person, a mother who had wedding plans in the near future. Claire Thornton And Paul Bibeau, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2022 He’s so talented, so professional, so egoless and just a really kind person. Brent Lang, Variety, 23 Nov. 2022 Ethan Chapin was a kind and loyal person that his mother will miss intensely. Christina Zdanowicz, Sara Smart And Eric Levenson, CNN, 18 Nov. 2022 And as Robin, McDonald appears to be a kind and gentle-natured husband, but there’s an unpredictable mean streak lurking underneath. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2022 Luckily, Big Lil appeared as kind and forgiving as Ruby. Jordan Calhoun, Men's Health, 2 Nov. 2022 Many collectors were kind and accepting, and some were vocally against poaching. Brian Howey, WIRED, 20 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Adjective

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of kind was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Kind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kind. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

kind

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a group united by common traits or interests : category
hawks and other birds of their kind
b
: variety sense 3a
all kinds of people
what kind of car do you have
c
: one that is barely a member of a category
a kind of gray
2
: essential quality or character
differences in kind
3
a
: goods as distinguished from money
payment in kind rather than in cash
b
: something equal to what has been offered or received
returned the favor in kind

kind

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

Legal Definition

kind

noun
1
: a particular type, category, or class
properties of like kind
see also like-kind exchange
2
a
: 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

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