Adjective "kindred" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


One's family and relations.
  1. 'It was all that was necessary to get the idea across as her outstretched arm extended over to the stony wall, though which lay the path she came, her kindred, and a pair unjustly captive and awaiting some cruel fate.'
  2. 'He still loyal to his kindred despite their ill-treatment.'
  3. 'They are much smaller than my kindred, for one thing, and more resemble one another in general features.'
  4. 'It concerns blood, of course; for me and my kindred, it's always a matter of blood.'
  5. 'The kindred (pavula, in Sinhala) of an individual often comprise the group with whom it is possible to eat or marry.'
  6. '‘I do not wish to estrange you from your kindred,’ a deep and unseen voice replied.'
  7. 'In that case why don't you sit by your kindred over there?'
  8. 'Yet in all these instances family custom ensured some distribution of property to members of a property-owning kindred, and required the head of the family to make some provision for unfortunate kinsmen.'
  9. 'He married Gille Comgáin's widow Gruoch, perhaps in an attempt at reconciliation, but probably also because she belonged to the Scottish royal kindred.'
  10. 'Razi knew not what her kindred had intended to do… but, moved by force that seemed to persist outside her body, pushing her, whispering into her ear, she felt somewhere, someplace in her being, that she had to go on.'
  11. 'Some researchers appear to think so, identifying a genealogical chart depicting bilateral kindred in descending order as illustrative of one of Sutton's cognatic descent groups.'
  12. 'Such clemency reflected the religious and cultural homogeneity of French aristocratic society, ties of kindred and marriage, and respect for fellow knights, not to mention a desire for rich ransom.'
  13. 'Bleeding that first occurs in adulthood, is associated with a specific disorder, and is not seen in kindred, implies an acquired hemorrhagic condition.'


Similar in kind; related.
  1. 'This was no less than a call to the nations of the world to gather together and discuss a halt to the arms race, and kindred subjects.'
  2. 'Luckily, he found a kindred soul in Bangalore Police Commissioner S. Mariswamy.'
  3. 'Just as its kindred discipline yoga has been embraced by buttoned-down lawyers and accountants, tai chi is no longer limited to hemp-clad New Agers who impose vegan diets on their pets.'
  4. 'They were kindred souls, who had grown up together as neighbours, and naturally, had fallen in love.'
  5. 'For example, does the Internet, while connecting people with kindred interests, also facilitate social isolation and risk of depression?'
  6. 'The harmony of analogous colors would suggest that unity is achieved through the kindred efforts of the many parts.'
  7. 'This was the only way a kindred soul could recognise you, saving you from a lonely existence.'
  8. 'There are some kids who struggle more than others, and in them Loralee sees a kindred heart.'
  9. 'A growing constellation of kindred souls linked together there, makes it extra worthwhile.'
  10. 'The Pew Global Attitudes Survey that Walt cites reveals that poverty, global stewardship, AIDS, and kindred issues matter a great deal to people around the world.'


1. a person's relatives collectively; kinfolk; kin.

2. a group of persons related to another; family, tribe, or clan.

3. relationship by birth or descent, or sometimes by marriage; kinship.

4. natural relationship; affinity. adjective

5. associated by origin, nature, qualities, etc.: kindred languages.

6. having the same belief, attitude, or feeling: We are kindred spirits on the issue of gun control.

7. related by birth or descent; having kinship: kindred tribes.

8. be

More examples(as adjective)

"spirits can be kindred."

"products can be kindred."

"associations can be kindred."

"trades can be kindred."

"subjects can be kindred."

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Middle English: from kin + -red (from Old English rǣden ‘condition’), with insertion of -d- in the modern spelling through phonetic development (as in thunder).