Kins



[kin] /kɪn/

noun
1.
a person’s relatives collectively; .
2.
family relationship or .
3.
a group of persons descended from a common ancestor or constituting a people, clan, tribe, or family.
4.
a relative or kinsman.
5.
someone or something of the same or similar kind:
philosophy and its kin, theology.
adjective
6.
of the same family; related; .
7.
of the same kind or nature; having affinity.
Idioms
8.
of kin, of the same family; related; akin:
Although their surnames are identical they are not of kin.
/kɪn/
noun
1.
a person’s relatives collectively; kindred
2.
a class or group with similar characteristics
3.
See next of kin
adjective
4.
(postpositive) related by blood
5.
a less common word for akin
n.

c.1200, from Old English cynn “family; race; kind, sort, rank; nature; gender, sex,” from Proto-Germanic *kunjam “family” (cf. Old Frisian kenn, Old Saxon kunni, Old Norse kyn, Old High German chunni “kin, race;” Danish and Swedish kön, Middle Dutch, Dutch kunne “sex, gender;” Gothic kuni “family, race,” Old Norse kundr “son,” German Kind “child”), from PIE *gen(e)- “to produce” (see genus).

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see: kith and kin

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