Pronunciation Noun


  1. Race; family; breed; kind.
  2. (collectively) Persons of the same race or family; kindred.
    • c. 1620, Francis Bacon, letter of advice to Sir George Villiers
      You are of kin, and so must be a friend to their persons.
  3. One or more relatives, such as siblings or cousins, taken collectively.
  4. Relationship; same-bloodedness or affinity; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter XIII, in Mansfield Park: A Novel. In Three Volumes, volume III, London: Printed for T[homas] Egerton, […], OCLC 39810224 ↗, page 248 ↗:
      Such sensations, however, were too near a kin to resentment to be long guiding Fanny's soliloquies.
  5. Kind; sort; manner; way.
Translations Adjective

kin (not comparable)

  1. Related by blood or marriage, akin. Generally used in "kin to".
    It turns out my back-fence neighbor is kin to one of my co-workers.
Translations Noun

kin (plural kins)

  1. A primitive Chinese musical instrument of the cittern kind, with from five to twenty-five silken strings.
    • 1840, Elijah Coleman Bridgman, Samuel Wells Williams, The Chinese Repository (page 40)
      If a musician were going to give a lecture upon the mathematical part of his art, he would find a very elegant substitute for the monochord in the Chinese kin.

kin (plural kins)

  1. Alternative form of k'in
  1. Pronunciation spelling of can#English|can.

Proper noun
  1. Kinshasa

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