kindred

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  • enPR: ˈkĭndrĭd, ˈkĭndrəd, IPA(key): /ˈkɪndɹɪd/, /ˈkɪndɹəd/

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From Middle English kindrede, alteration (with epenthetic d) of kinrede, cünreden (kindred), from Old English cynrēd, cynrǣden (kindred, family, generation, posterity, stock, species), from cynn (kind, sort, quality, race, family, rank, gender) + -rǣden (condition, state), equivalent to kin +‎ -red. More at kin.

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kindred (plural kindreds)

  1. (often plural only) Distant and close relatives, collectively.
  2. (often plural only) Peoples of the same ethnic descent, not including speaker; brethren.
  3. (countable) A grouping of relatives.
    • Shakespeare
      I think there's no man is secure / But the queen's kindred.

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kindred (plural kindreds)

  1. A combination of extended family and religious group, of the Ásatrú religious order in America.

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kindred (not comparable)

  1. Of the same nature.
    • 1924, Aristotle, Metaphysics, translated by W. D. Ross, Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001, book 1, part 1.
      We have said in the Ethics what the difference is between art and science and the other kindred faculties;

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