From Middle English kynde, kunde, cunde, icunde, from Old English cynd (“generation, kind, nature, race”), ġecynd, from Proto-Germanic *kundiz, *gakundiz, related to *kunją. Cognate with Icelandic kind (“race, species, kind”). See also kin.
kind (plural kinds)
- A type, race or category; a group of entities that have common characteristics such that they may be grouped together.
- A makeshift or otherwise atypical specimen.
- (archaic) One's inherent nature; character, natural disposition.
- (archaic) Family, lineage.
- (archaic) Manner.
- Goods or services used as payment, as e.g. in barter.
- Equivalent means used as response to an action.
- (Christianity) Each of the two elements of the communion service, bread and wine.
From Middle English kinde, kunde, kende, from Old English cynde, ġecynde (“innate, natural, native”), from Old English cynd, ġecynd (“nature, kind”).
kind (comparative kinder, superlative kindest)
- Having a benevolent, courteous, friendly, generous, gentle, liberal, sympathetic, or warm-hearted nature or disposition, marked by consideration for – and service to – others.
- Mild, gentle, forgiving
- Gentle; tractable; easily governed.
- (obsolete) Characteristic of the species; belonging to one's nature; natural; native.