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Definition of kin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

kin

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//kɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɪn//
 
[plural] (old-fashioned or formal) Family background
 
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  • your family or your relatives Marriage between close kin is prohibited. compare kindred see also next of kin See related entries: Family background
  • Word Origin Old English cynn, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kunne, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘give birth to’, shared by Greek genos and Latin genus ‘race’.Extra examples One of the drivers was fatally injured; his next of kin has been informed. Ties with extended kin vary from family to family. loyalty to blood kin I’m her next of kin. The form must be signed by next of kin.Idioms (old-fashioned) friends and relatives More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet. See related entries: Family background
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