Synonyms of kind

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a number of persons or things that are grouped together because they have something in common
  • I like that kind of candy

Synonyms for kind

Words Related to kind

2 one of the units into which a whole is divided on the basis of a common characteristic
  • we looked at just about every kind of flooring before deciding which to use in the kitchen

Synonyms for kind

Words Related to kind



Synonyms & Antonyms of kind (Entry 2 of 2)

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About kind

How is the word kind distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of kind are character, description, nature, sort, and type. While all these words mean "a number of individuals thought of as a group because of a common quality or qualities," kind may suggest natural grouping.

a zoo seemingly having animals of every kind

Where would character be a reasonable alternative to kind?

The synonyms character and kind are sometimes interchangeable, but character implies a group marked by distinctive likenesses peculiar to the type.

research on the subject so far has been of an elementary character

When could description be used to replace kind?

While the synonyms description and kind are close in meaning, description implies a group marked by agreement in all details belonging to a type as described or defined.

not all acts of that description are actually illegal

When would nature be a good substitute for kind?

While in some cases nearly identical to kind, nature may imply inherent, essential resemblance rather than obvious or superficial likenesses.

two problems of a similar nature

When can sort be used instead of kind?

The words sort and kind can be used in similar contexts, but sort often suggests some disparagement.

the sort of newspaper dealing in sensational stories

When is it sensible to use type instead of kind?

Although the words type and kind have much in common, type may suggest strong and clearly marked similarity throughout the items included so that each is typical of the group.

one of three basic body types

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about kind

Time Traveler for kind

Time Traveler

The first known use of kind was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Kind.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on kind

Dictionary: Definition of kind

Nglish: Translation of kind for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of kind for Arabic Speakers

Comments on kind

What made you want to look up kind? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!