Any of various primates of the tribe Hominini, including Australopithecus, other Pliocene and Pleistocene human relatives, and Homo sapiens, the only extant species. The hominins were formerly referred to as hominids.
Origin of homininFrom New Latin Homin&imacron;n&imacron;, tribe name : Latin hom&omacron;, homin-, human being, man; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots + New Latin -&imacron;n&imacron;, suff. forming tribe names (from Latin &imacron;n&imacron;, pl. of &imacron;nus, n. suff.; see –ine).