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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.



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

  1. child (young person)
  2. (German law) child (person under 14 years of age)
  3. 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 or variants thereof, depending on dialect)

  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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