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: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 during the Middle Ages. 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 Five Movies to Watch This Winter Smith, digging into Williams’s Louisiana accent and mischievous sense of humor, plays the character as a kindred soul of sorts — a charmer with a strategy. New York Times, 18 Nov. 2021 The film gets one seriously high-profile newcomer to the voice cast: Bono features heavily in the best subplot as Clay Calloway, a reclusive rock-star lion who finds a kindred spirit in guitar-shredding porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2021 Eggers then found a kindred spirit in Skarsgård, who had been trying to make a Viking movie for some time to no avail. Nick Romano, EW.com, 20 Dec. 2021 The Sox outfielder, who signed a minor-league deal in early May, said the clubhouse is full of kindred spirits who don’t back down. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 1 Aug. 2021 His kindred spirits weren’t Alice Waters and Julia Child so much as Iggy Pop, Hunter S. Thompson, and Bruce Lee. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 24 July 2021 June is a good time to develop a new circle of friends, so join a new group, take up a charitable pursuit or join a new gym to find kindred spirits. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 13 May 2021 That’s been the case for both Beard and Ramey at times, two kindred basketball junkies guided by their emotional tides, for better and worse. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 Deb Stratas always felt like Princess Diana was a kindred spirit. NBC News, 2 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hellboy and his team face an underworld prince who plans to awaken a lethal army and use it to reclaim Earth for his magical kindred. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Hellboy and his team face an underworld prince who plans to awaken a lethal army and use it to reclaim Earth for his magical kindred. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Hellboy and his team face an underworld prince who plans to awaken a lethal army and use it to reclaim Earth for his magical kindred. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Hellboy and his team face an underworld prince who plans to awaken a lethal army and use it to reclaim Earth for his magical kindred. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Third, there is the moderating role of the Umunna (sons of the land), Umuada (daughters of the land) and Ikwu (members of a kindred). Nnamdi Madichie, Quartz, 29 Apr. 2021 Hellboy and his team face an underworld prince who plans to awaken a lethal army and use it to reclaim Earth for his magical kindred. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Hellboy and his team face an underworld prince who plans to awaken a lethal army and use it to reclaim Earth for his magical kindred. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Hellboy and his team face an underworld prince who plans to awaken a lethal army and use it to reclaim Earth for his magical kindred. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021

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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 26 Jan. 2022.

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kindred

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of kindred

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: alike or similar
: closely related

kindred

noun

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

: 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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