kin: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kin), [key]
— n.
  1. a person's relatives collectively; kinfolk.
  2. family relationship or kinship.
  3. a group of persons descended from a common ancestor or constituting a family, clan, tribe, or race.
  4. a relative or kinsman.
  5. someone or something of the same or similar kind: philosophy and its kin, theology.
  6. of the same family; related; akin: Although their surnames are identical they are not of kin.
  1. of the same family; related; akin.
  2. of the same kind or nature; having affinity.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a diminutive suffix of nouns: lambkin.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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