Definition of kin in English:

kin

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Pronunciation: /kɪn
 
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noun

[treated as plural]
  • 1One’s family and relations: many elderly people have no kin to turn to for assistance
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    • Nuclear families are the main kin group, with relatives involved as kin in the extended family.
    • Extended family and kin are an important part of the social structure of the republic.
    • From the moment of birth an infant is showered with attention and care by family members and extended kin.
    Synonyms
    relatives, relations, family, family members, kindred, connections, clan, tribe, kith and kin, one's own flesh and blood, nearest and dearest; kinsfolk, kinsmen/kinswomen
    informal folks
    dated people
  • 1.1Animals or plants that are related to a particular species or kind: dolphins, whales, and their kin the Acari include ticks, mites, and their kin
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    • This may allow non-breeding animals to pass along the genes they share with their kin by helping in the rearing of young.
    • Juvenile salmon clearly avoided kin when they shared shelters and preferred to associate with unrelated conspecifics.
    • Smaller herbivorous dinosaurs, however, may have fed to a greater extent than their larger kin on plants defended by qualitative toxins.

adjective

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Derivatives

kinless

adjective
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  • The Anganen rawa man emerges in the image of the cassowary as the solitary, kinless, irrational, violent being of masculine excess.
  • I belong to a generation of kinless childhoods, where we grew up without grandparents, numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and relatives who had perished, yet whose silent presence loomed in the background.
  • Hey, maybe you're in a movie where your boyfriend is some sort of kinless clone or alien.

Origin

Old English cynn, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kunne, from an Indo-European root meaning 'give birth to', shared by Greek genos and Latin genus 'race'.

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