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kindred

adjective kin·dred \ ˈkin-drəd \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of kindred

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

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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.

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Origin and Etymology of kindred

attributive use of 2kindred


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kindred

noun

Definition of kindred

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

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

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 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, 1kin" + -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 1ready
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 1read), 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.



KINDRED Defined for English Language Learners

kindred

noun

Definition of kindred for English Language Learners

  • : a person's relatives


kindred

adjective

Definition of kindred for English Language Learners

  • : alike or similar

  • : closely related


KINDRED Defined for Kids

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kindred

adjective kin·dred \ ˈkin-drəd \

Definition of kindred for Students

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

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kindred

noun

Definition of kindred for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

kindred

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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