Definition of kindred
- a kindred spirit
- kindred tribes
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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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philosophy, political theory, and kindred topics
I believe she and I are kindred spirits .
German and English are kindred languages.
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.
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: a person's relatives
: alike or similar
: closely related
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