Kin definition

kĭn
Little one.

Devilkin.

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Little (specified person or thing)

Lambkin.

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Related genetically or in the same family.
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The definition of kin is a person's relatives.

An example of kin is your siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

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One's family; relatives; kinfolk; kindred.
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Related or similar; akin.
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Related, as by blood.

She is kin to my brother-in-law.

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Related genetically or in the same family.
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Organisms that are genetically related to another or others.

Cauliflower and its kin.

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One's relatives or family.

Visited my aunt and her kin.

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A relative or family member.

Is she kin of yours?

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Organisms that are genetically related to another or others.

Cauliflower and its kin.

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One's relatives or family.
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A relative or family member.
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A relation, typically by blood; sometimes used to refer to relations by marriage or adoption.
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(collectively) Persons of the same race or family; kindred.
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One or more relatives, such as siblings or cousins, taken collectively.
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Relationship; same-bloodedness or affinity; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
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Kind; sort; manner; way.
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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.

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A primitive Chinese musical instrument of the cittern kind, with from five to twenty-five silken strings.

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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).
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kin
Plural:
kins

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

of kin

Origin of kin

  • ME < MDu -ken, -kijn, dim. suffix, akin to Ger -chen

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English cyn genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English probably from Middle Dutch -kijn, -kin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary