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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 But as with Nelson, Carter found a kindred spirit in Dylan. Breeanna Hare, CNN, "'Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President': 12 songs to listen to next," 2 Jan. 2021 Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor — the only other Bachelor Nation season to trap the top three in a kindred situation — may explain why such a nightmare unfolded on The Bachelorette. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Found A Hellish New Way To Talk About Sex," 22 Dec. 2020 The long road to success has made kindred spirits of Trask and Forsythe, both members of the Gators’ 2016 recruiting class, and the rest of the seniors. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "UF’s senior class spearheaded Gators’ rise from ashes," 9 Dec. 2020 In business, Phil Ruffin was a kindred spirit: a wealthy transplant to Las Vegas from Kansas. Susanne Craig, Mike Mcintire And Russ Buettner, New York Times, "Trump Engineered a Sudden Windfall in 2016 as Campaign Funds Dwindled," 9 Oct. 2020 Since then, Frantz has gotten a handful of date requests and a few dozen responses from women (and men) who just want to be friends with a kindred, quirky spirit. oregonlive, "Who is Elliot? Would you date him? Portland man creates dating site to date, well, just him," 9 Oct. 2020 There was a kindred spirit that was shared with Special Forces personnel and their families in attendance. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Naked Warrior Project Fishing Tournament celebrates military heroes," 6 Aug. 2020 Thankfully, Joanna saw a glimmer of a kindred spirit in Chip and ended up giving him a second chance. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Says It "Wasn't Love at First Sight" After First Date with Chip in New 'Magnolia Journal' Essay," 9 May 2020 The white pizza’s subtle style found a kindred spirit in Truth’s margherita pizza ($12 for a 12-inch pie), with slices of Roma tomato and a generous chop of fresh basil in solid balance with the melted mozzarella and rippled crust. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Truth Pizzeria restaurant rocks a hybrid New York-Neapolitan style on San Antonio’s East Side," 3 July 2020 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kindred. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for kindred

kindred

adjective
How to pronounce kindred (audio)

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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