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From Middle High German kint, from Old High German kind, from Proto-Germanic *kindą, *kinþą, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁- ‎(to give birth), cognate to Dutch kind, Latin gēns and genus.

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Kind n ‎(genitive Kindes or Kinds, plural Kinder or (nonstandard) Kinders, diminutive Kindlein n or Kindelein n)

  1. child, a person below the age of adulthood
  2. offspring (person, with regard to position in a family)
    Er war das zweitgeborene Kind in der Familie.
    He was the second-born child in the family.
    Er ist das Kind zweier blinder Eltern.
    He is the child of two blind parents.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The normal plural is Kinder.
  • The double plural Kinders is colloquial and chiefly restricted to Low German areas (northern Germany). It is most often heard as a vocative, either referring to an actual group of children or figuratively: Kinders, wie die Zeit vergeht! − “Boy, how time flies!”



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  • Kind in Duden online

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Kind n ‎(plural Kinner or Kinder or Kinga)

  1. (in most dialects, including Low Prussian) (human) child
  2. (in most dialects, including Low Prussian) offspring (person, with regard to position in a family)



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