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kindred

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adjective kin·dred \ˈkin-drəd\

Definition of kindred

  1. 1 :  of a similar nature or character :  like a kindred spirit

  2. 2 :  of the same ancestry kindred tribes

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Examples of kindred in a Sentence

  1. He went out to sea, and never saw his kindred again.

  2. the kingdom's royal kindred actually numbers in the thousands

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Origin and Etymology of kindred

see 2kindred


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kindred

noun kin·dred

Definition of kindred

  1. 1a :  a group of related individualsb :  one's relatives … if his kindred still remain to him … — Alexis de Tocqueville

  2. 2 :  family relationship :  kinship

Examples of kindred in a Sentence

  1. philosophy, political theory, and kindred topics

  2. I believe she and I are kindred spirits .

  3. German and English are kindred languages.

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of kindred

Middle English, from kin + Old English rǣden condition, from rǣdan to advise, read



KINDRED Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of kindred for English Language Learners

  • : a person's relatives

kindred

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Definition of kindred for English Language Learners

  • : alike or similar

  • : closely related


KINDRED Defined for Kids

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kindred

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adjective kin·dred \ˈkin-drəd\

Definition of kindred for Students

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


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kindred

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noun kin·dred

Definition of kindred for Students

  1. 1 :  a group of related individuals

  2. 2 :  a person's relatives


Medical Dictionary

kindred

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noun kin·dred \ˈkin-drəd\

Medical Definition of kindred

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



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