Definition of kindred in English:


Line breaks: kin|dred
Pronunciation: /ˈkɪndrɪd


[treated as plural]
  • 1One’s family and relations.
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    • Yet in all these instances family custom ensured some distribution of property to members of a property-owning kindred, and required the head of the family to make some provision for unfortunate kinsmen.
    • Members of an extended kindred tend to live in the same area or community, building their individual homes on jointly held family land.
    • In Scotland the role of the feudal lord was superimposed upon the more ancient status of chief of a clan or kindred.
    family, relatives, relations, kin, family members, connections, kith and kin, one's own flesh and blood, clan, tribe, house, lineage
    informal folks
    dated people
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Relationship by blood: ties of kindred
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    • Some researchers appear to think so, identifying a genealogical chart depicting bilateral kindred in descending order as illustrative of one of Sutton's cognatic descent groups.
    • We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.
    • In this context ties of kindred were tightened by lordship rather than loosened.
    kinship, family ties, being related, relationship, relatedness, blood relationship, ties of blood, consanguinity, common ancestry, common lineage


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Middle English: from kin + -red (from Old English rǣden 'condition'), with insertion of -d- in the modern spelling through phonetic development (as in thunder).

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