kin

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See also: kín, -kin, and kin-

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Etymology 1[edit]

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 (génos, kind, race), Albanian dhen ((herd of) small cattle).

Noun[edit]

kin (uncountable)

  1. Race; family; breed; kind.
  2. (collectively) Persons of the same race or family; kindred.
    • Francis Bacon
      You are of kin, and so a friend to their persons.
  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.
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kin (not comparable)

  1. 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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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

kin (plural kins)

  1. 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.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch kinne, from Old Dutch kinni, from Proto-Germanic *kinnuz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵénu-, *ǵénus. Compare Low German and German Kinn, English chin, Danish kind, Icelandic kinn.

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Noun[edit]

kin f (plural kinnen, diminutive kinnetje n)

  1. (anatomy) chin

Hungarian[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

kin

  1. superessive singular of ki

Ido[edit]

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kin

  1. five (5)

Japanese[edit]

See also kiin

Romanization[edit]

kin

  1. rōmaji reading of きん

Kurdish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

kin ?

  1. short

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Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

kin

  1. rafsi of skina.

Navajo[edit]

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Noun[edit]

kin

  1. market
  2. house, cabin, building
  3. town

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Ngarrindjeri[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

kin

  1. him

Tai Dam[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Lao ກິນ (kin) and Thai กิน (gin).

Verb[edit]

kin

  1. to eat

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West Frisian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Middle Low German kinne, kin, from Old Saxon kinni, from Proto-Germanic *kinnuz. Compare also Dutch kin. Compare Old Frisian zin, English chin.

Noun[edit]

kin

  1. chin

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

kin

  1. I can