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”).
- Race; family; breed; kind.
- (collectively) Persons of the same race or family; kindred.
- One or more relatives, such as siblings or cousins, taken collectively.
- Relationship; same-bloodedness or affinity; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
- Kind; sort; manner; way.
kin (not comparable)
- 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.
kin (plural kins)
- A primitive Chinese musical instrument of the cittern kind, with from five to twenty-five silken strings.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Riemann to this entry?)
- 1840, Elijah Coleman Bridgman, Samuel Wells Williams, The Chinese Repository (page 40)
- If a musician were going to give a lecture upon the mathematical part of his art, he would find a very elegant substitute for the monochord in the Chinese kin.
kin (plural kins)
- Alternative form of
kin (plural kinne)
- Afrikaans: kin
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| Cardinal : kin|
Ordinal : kinesma
Adverbial : kinfoye
Multiplier : kinopla
Fractional : kinima
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