cynn

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *kunją, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁- (to produce). Cognate with Old Frisian kin, Old Saxon kunni, cunni, Dutch kunne, Old High German kunni, Old Norse kyn (Danish køn, Swedish kön), Gothic 𐌺𐌿𐌽𐌹 (kuni). The Indo-European root is also the source of Ancient Greek γένος (génos), Latin genus.

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Noun[edit]

cynn n (nominative plural cynn)

  1. kin, kind, tribe, people
  2. (grammar) gender
    Ealdenglisċe naman wǣron þrēora cynna, þæt sind werlīċ and wīflīċ and nāðer.
    Old English nouns had three genders: masculine, feminine, and neuter.

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