from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A group of related persons, as a clan or tribe.
- n. A person's relatives; kinfolk.
- adj. Of the same ancestry or family: kindred clans.
- adj. Having a similar or related origin, nature, or character: kindred emotions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Distant and close relatives, collectively.
- n. Peoples of the same ethnic descent, not including speaker; brethren.
- n. A grouping of relatives.
- n. A combination of extended family and religious group, of the Ásatrú religious order in America.
- adj. Of the same nature.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Relationship by birth or marriage; consanguinity; affinity; kin.
- n. Relatives by blood or marriage, more properly the former; relations; persons related to each other.
- adj. Related; congenial; of the like nature or properties
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Relationship by birth, marriage, or descent; consanguinity; kinship; affinity.
- n. Community in kind; intrinsic relationship or connection.
- n. In a plural sense, relatives by blood or descent, or, by extension, by marriage; a body of persons related to one another; relatives; kin.
- n. A tribe; a body of persons connected by a family or tribal bond: with a plural form.
- Having kinship; allied by blood or descent; related as kin.
- Pertaining to kinship; of related origin or character; hence, native; pertaining to nativity : as, to live under kindred skies.
- Hence Congenial; allied; of like nature, qualities, etc.: as, kindred souls; kindred pursuits.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. related by blood or marriage
- n. group of people related by blood or marriage
- adj. similar in quality or character
Middle English kinrede, kindrede, from Late Old English cynrēde : cyn, kin; see genə- in Indo-European roots + -rēde, condition (from Old English rǣden, -rǣden, condition; see ar- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)