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Definition kin

Etymology 1

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 *ǵn̥h₁yom, from *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”), 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 (génos, “kind, race”), Sanskrit जनस् (jánas, “kind, race”), Albanian dhen (“(herd of) small cattle”).

Noun

kin (countable and uncountable, plural kin)

  1. Race; family; breed; kind.
  2. (collectively) Persons of the same race or family; kindred.
  3. One or more relatives, such as siblings or cousins, taken collectively.
  4. Relationship; same-bloodedness or affinity; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
  5. Kind; sort; manner; way.
Adjective

kin (not comparable)

  1. Related by blood or marriage, akin. Generally used in "kin to".

Etymology 2

Noun

kin (plural kins)

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

Etymology 3

Noun

kin (plural kins)

  1. Alternative form of k'in

Etymology 4

Verb

kin

  1. Pronunciation spelling of can.

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