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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