- The definition of kindred is used to describe people or things that are similar or related to each other.
Two people who have a lot in common and who share a lot of interests are an example of people who would be described as kindred spirits.
They are kindred spirits in their enjoyment of knitting.
- Archaic kinship
- family or relatives; kin; kinfolk
Origin of kindredwith intrusive -d- ; from Middle English kinreden ; from Old English cynn, kin + ræden, state, condition, akin to rædan, read
- Archaic related by birth or common origin
- of like nature; similar: kindred spirits
- A group of related persons, as a clan or tribe.
- (used with a pl. verb) A person's relatives; kinfolk.
- Of the same ancestry or family: kindred clans.
- Having a similar or related origin, nature, or character: kindred emotions.
Origin of kindredMiddle English kinrede, kindrede, from Late Old English cynrēde : cyn, kin; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots + -rēde, condition (from Old English r&aemac;den, -r&aemac;den, condition; see ar- in Indo-European roots).
- A combination of extended family and religious group, of the Ásatrú religious order in America.
- Of the same nature.
From Middle English kindrede, alteration (with epenthetic d) of kinrede, cünreden (“kindred”), from Old English cynrēd, cynrǣden (“kindred, family, generation, posterity, stock, species”), from cynn (“kind, sort, quality, race, family, rank, gender”) + -rǣden (“condition, state”), equivalent to kin + -red. More at kin.