- The definition of kin is a person's relatives.
An example of kin is your siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Dinner with ones kin.
Origin of kinMiddle English kyn ; from Old English cynn, akin to Dutch kunne, Gothic kuni, Old Norse kyn ; from Germanic an unverified form kunja- ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝen-, to produce: see genus
Origin of -kinMiddle English ; from Middle Dutch -ken, -kijn, diminutive suffix, akin to German -chen
- a. (used with a pl. verb) One's relatives or family: visited my aunt and her kin.b. A relative or family member: Is she kin of yours?
- (used with a pl. verb) Organisms that are genetically related to another or others: cauliflower and its kin.
- Related genetically or in the same family.
- Related or similar; akin: “If he feels a wisp of longing for her &ellipsis; it is kin to what the serpent must have felt for Eve” (Barbara Klein Moss).
Origin of kinMiddle English, from Old English cyn; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of -kinMiddle English, probably from Middle Dutch -kijn, -kin.
- Related by blood or marriage, akin. Generally used in "kin to".
- It turns out my back-fence neighbor is kin to one of my co-workers.
From Middle English kin, kyn, ken, kun, from Old English cynn (“kind, sort, rank, quality, family, generation, offspring, pedigree, kin, race, people, gender, sex, propriety, etiquette”), from Proto-Germanic *kunją (“race, generation, descent”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁- (“to produce”). Cognate with Scots kin (“relatives, kinfolk”), North Frisian kinn, kenn (“gender, race, family, kinship”), Dutch kunne (“gender, sex”), Middle Low German kunne (“gender, sex, race, family, lineage”), German Künne, Kunne (“kin, kind, race”), Danish køn (“gender, sex”), Swedish kön (“gender, sex”), Icelandic kyn (“gender”), and through Indo-European, with Latin genus (“kind, sort, ancestry, birth”), Ancient Greek γένος (genos, “kind, race”), Albanian dhen (“(herd of) small cattle”).
- -mab is the base suffix common to all monoclonal antibodies. (See that entry for full paradigm.)
kin - Computer Definition
Smartphones from Microsoft that were designed to integrate social media. Made by Sharp and introduced by Verizon in May 2010 in the U.S., the KIN featured a slide-out keyboard and online storage for the phone's photos and videos. Six weeks after its debut, the KIN ONE and KIN TWO were discontinued due to poor sales. The phone came from Microsoft's 2008 acquisition of smartphone creator Danger, Inc. (see SideKick) and was a departure from previous Windows Mobile phones. Although elements may have been under the covers, KIN did not use the subsequent Windows Phone interface (see Windows Phone).
kin - Legal Definition