- 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.
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- Archaic kinship
- family or relatives; kin; kinfolk
Origin: with intrusive -d- from Middle English kinreden from Old English cynn, kin plush ræden, state, condition, akin to rædan, read
- Archaic related by birth or common origin
- of like nature; similar: kindred spirits
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- 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: Middle English kinrede, kindrede, from Late Old English cynrēde : cyn, kin; see genə- in Indo-European roots + -rēde, condition (from Old English rǣden, -rǣden, condition; see ar- in Indo-European roots).
- kinˈdred·ness noun
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