kindred

adjective
kin·dred | \ˈkin-drəd \

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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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

Orban, who crowed at being the first European head of state to congratulate Trump on his 2016 election victory, sees the U.S. president as a kindred spirit. Laura King, latimes.com, "The European country that makes the U.S. look lenient on immigration," 28 June 2018 The president, who has investments in India and sees its prime minister, Narendra Modi, as a kindred nationalist, may even have a soft spot for the country. The Economist, "The Indian-American underachiever," 28 June 2018 Soriano found a kindred spirit in Joy Villa: a provocateur unafraid of controversy in the ruthless pursuit of fame. Elizabeth Raiss, refinery29.com, "Who Is Andre Soriano, The Gay, Immigrant Designer Obsessed With Donald Trump?," 27 June 2018 For decades, the free world has operated under the assumption that the United States will act as its leader, using its might to advance not only its own interests but also those of its kindred nations and the international community writ large. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Credibility Problem Is Now America’s," 26 May 2018 They're joined in presenting that whole 'nother thing by Novala, kindred spirits from Los Angeles. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Phoenix local music picks: Lago, CO-OP, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Wyves, Baseline, Samual L Cool J," 7 June 2018 The second is that Trump sees a kindred spirit in Pruitt. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "10 headlines that will make you wonder how Scott Pruitt still has a job," 6 June 2018 The underground space is a clubhouse of sorts where kindred spirits are reconnecting amid art and artifacts from the old days. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "Some in Harvard’s Class of ’68 still challenge the status quo," 23 May 2018 Made all the better by catching up on years & years with my kindred spirit/high school love @guidinglightpsychotherapy @_raindear. Anthea Levi, Health.com, "5 Social Media Influencers Get Real About How Therapy Is the Best Self Care," 14 May 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kindred

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person's relatives

kindred

adjective

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

: alike or similar

: closely related

kindred

adjective
kin·dred | \ˈkin-drəd \

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

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noun
kin·dred | \ˈkin-drəd \

Medical Definition of kindred 

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

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