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.
- (often plural only) Distant and close relatives, collectively; kin. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (often plural only) People of the same ethnic descent, not including speaker; brethren.
- (countable) A grouping of relatives.
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i]:
- Cla. By heauen, I thinke there is no man ſecure / But the Queenes Kindred, and night-walking Heralds, […]
- (uncountable) Blood relationship.
- (uncountable) Affinity, likeness.
- (countable, Germanic paganism) A household or group following the modern pagan faith of Heathenry or Ásatrú.
- 2009, Mark Ludwig Stinson, Heathen Gods: A Collection of Essays Concerning the Folkway of Our People, page 174:
- We talked with Jonina about our kindred, Heathenry in the United States, Asatru in Iceland, and the details of our religious practice. […]
kindred (not comparable)
- Of the same nature, or of similar character.
- Connected, related, cognate, akin.
- kindred tongues
- See also Thesaurus:akin