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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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 Bevin and Carson are kindred spirits, politically speaking, given their religious evangelical backgrounds and conservative convictions on social issues. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "HUD Secretary Ben Carson visits Kentucky to boost Gov. Matt Bevin's reelection," 31 Oct. 2019 Yeah, Dodger fans still fuming over Dave Roberts could now have a kindred spirit down the freeway. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Hiring calm, cerebral Joe Maddon as manager was ideal for Angels team in turmoil," 16 Oct. 2019 In the 1970s that circle also included Trump, who Cohn recognized as a kindred spirit. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Where's My Roy Cohn?' profiles notorious lawyer with Trump ties," 19 Sep. 2019 Rue finds a kindred soul in new kid Jules (model and activist Hunter Schafer), an artsy trans girl with an equally sad backstory and dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Judy Berman, Time, "In HBO’s Bleak Gen Z Drama, Euphoria Is the Opposite of Happiness," 13 June 2019 While his Mississippi State Bulldogs coasted to a 27-6 win at Middle Tennessee during the 2009 season, Mullen discovered a kindred spirit in Manny Diaz, who was the Blue Raiders’ defensive coordinator. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Dan Mullen, Manny Diaz set aside friendship ahead of Gators, 'Canes season opener," 20 Aug. 2019 In Anne’s neuroses and intensity, her oddities and intelligence, Richard finds a kindred spirit. David Canfield, EW.com, "Going Dutch is a hilarious, feverish deconstruction of gay millennial life," 19 Aug. 2019 The first female business editor at the Express-News, echoing Konstam’s achievement at the Light, found a kindred spirit. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Local journalists, book lovers celebrate life of groundbreaking San Antonio journalist," 9 Aug. 2019 Maum is easy to read as a love letter to Los Angeles’ Koreatown and Korean cuisine at large, from one peninsula to another, which uses food as poetic references to long-distance yet kindred spirits. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "At Maum in Palo Alto, a tasting menu that celebrates Korean American classics," 8 Aug. 2019 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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The first known use of kindred was before the 12th century

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kindred

adjective
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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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