noun[treated as plural]
- 1One’s family and relations: many elderly people have no kin to turn to for assistanceMore 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.
- 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 kinMore 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.
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- (Of a person) related: he was kin to the brothersMore 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.
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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.
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'.