kindred

adjective
kin·​dred | \ ˈkin-drəd How to pronounce kindred (audio) \

Definition of kindred

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of a similar nature or character : like a kindred spirit
2 : of the same ancestry kindred tribes

kindred

noun

Definition of kindred (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a group of related individuals
b : one's relatives … if his kindred still remain to him …— Alexis de Tocqueville
2 : family relationship : kinship

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Synonyms & Antonyms for kindred

Synonyms: Adjective

affiliated, akin, allied, related

Synonyms: Noun

blood, clan, family, folks, house, kin, kinfolk (or kinfolks), kinsfolk, line, lineage, people, race, stock, tribe

Antonyms: Adjective

unrelated

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Noun

If you believe that advice and relatives are inseparable, the etymology of kindred will prove you right. "Kindred" comes from a combination of "kin" and the Old English word ræden ("condition"), which itself comes from the verb rædan, meaning "to advise." "Kindred" entered English as a noun first, in the 12th century. That noun, which can refer to a group of related individuals or to one's own relatives, gave rise to the adjective "kindred" in the 14th century.

Examples of kindred in a Sentence

Adjective

philosophy, political theory, and kindred topics I believe she and I are kindred spirits . German and English are kindred languages.

Noun

He went out to sea, and never saw his kindred again. the kingdom's royal kindred actually numbers in the thousands
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Time together with kindred spirits opens a door for many who were reticent about their military experience. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn M. Sullivan: The heart and muscle behind Honor Flight Twin Cities," 4 July 2019 This light acted as a beacon that attracted kindred spirits toward me. Angela Watercutter And Samantha Cooper, WIRED, "5 Queer People on How They Found Their Chosen Families," 28 June 2019 Many conservatives see in the tax-cutting, Cold War–fighting John Kennedy a kindred spirit. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Democrats Are the Socialist Party Again," 20 June 2019 These groups have found kindred spirits among politicians in New York and New England, with their steadfast refusal to allow the building of pipelines and their hardline positions on fracking. Debra Cagan, Houston Chronicle, "Comment: In maintaining Jones Act, the winner is Putin," 19 June 2019 In another parallel with her kindred spirit Celeste, Bonnie’s emotional detachment has caused her husband, Madeline’s ex Nathan, to call in Bonnie’s mom, Elizabeth (Crystal Fox), to come stay with them, without telling Bonnie in advance. Aja Romano, Vox, "Big Little Lies season 2, episode 2: “Tell-Tale Hearts” asks if families can survive their own secrets," 17 June 2019 Nor could its kindred districts across the nation, including Birmingham’s Fourth Avenue. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al.com, "Johnson: Birmingham’s downtown revival can’t leave once-thriving district behind," 6 June 2019 At a dinner for Greenpeace, Veja cofounder Sébastien Kopp was seated next to Christophe Lemaire, who turned out to be a kindred spirit. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Lemaire’s Collaboration With Veja Includes Sustainable, 3-D Knitted Sneakers Inspired By Diving Shoes," 6 Mar. 2019 Image Pieces by the pioneering graffiti writers Stay High 149 and Staff 161 hang with a John Ahearn sculpture and a drawing by Jane Dickson of Colab, an ’80s collective with a kindred scrappy aesthetic. Brett Sokol, New York Times, "Lee Quiñones Brings Street Art to His Living Room," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Owned and operated by kindred of the Loch lineage and frequented by several generations of families, Ricardo's Pizza has been in business since 1970. Chris Barlow, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ricardo's Pizza: Family run place thrives in Greendale," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of kindred

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for kindred

Adjective

attributive use of kindred entry 2

Noun

Middle English kynrede "family, lineage, blood relations, kinship, nation," going back to late Old English cynrǣden "kinship" (attested once as kynrædan, accusative or dative), from cynn "progeny, kin entry 1" + -rǣden, suffixal use of rǣden "condition, stipulation," derivative (in -enn-, feminine noun suffix, going back to *inj-) probably from the base of gerǣde "prepared, ready," gerād "conditioned, disposed" — more at ready entry 1

Note: The noun rǣden, also attested in the senses "rule, direction" and "estimation," has been taken as a derivative of the verb rǣdan "to advise, deliberate, direct," etc. (see read entry 1), though these usages may reflect partial merger with rǣding, the verbal noun of rǣdan. In general, the outcomes of Germanic *raidja- and *rēd- can be difficult to separate in Old English.

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kindred

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of kindred

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: alike or similar
: closely related

kindred

noun

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

old-fashioned : a person's relatives

kindred

adjective
kin·​dred | \ ˈkin-drəd How to pronounce kindred (audio) \

Kids Definition of kindred

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: alike in nature or character There will be skiing, sledding, and kindred activities.

kindred

noun

Kids Definition of kindred (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a group of related individuals
2 : a person's relatives

kindred

noun
kin·​dred | \ ˈkin-drəd How to pronounce kindred (audio) \

Medical Definition of kindred

: a group of related individuals : a genealogical group incidence of cancer among members of a kindred

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