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
More example sentences
  • 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;
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
More example sentences
  • 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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(Of a person) related: he was kin to the brothers
More example sentences
  • They would have seen themselves as intellectually kin to men who do not figure in these lists - priests or scholars who had on the face of it no great philosophical interest.
  • They are kin to dragons from when humans first settled on Pern.
  • Though he is kin to God in nature, all his character is unlike God.
Synonyms

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'.

Derivatives

kinless

adjective
More example sentences
  • 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.

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