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



BrE BrE//kaɪnd//
; NAmE NAmE//kaɪnd//
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  •  [countable, uncountable] a group of people or things that are the same in some way; a particular variety or type three kinds of cakes/cake music of all/various/different kinds Exercises of this kind are very popular. What kind of house do you live in? They sell all kinds of things. The school is the first of its kind in Britain. She isn't that kind of girl. The regions differ in size, but not in kind. I need to buy paper and pencils, that kind of thing. I'll never have that kind of money (= as much money as that). (formal) Would you like a drink of some kind? Grammar Pointkind / sort Use the singular (kind/​sort) or plural (kinds/​sorts) depending on the word you use before them:each/​one/​every kind of animal all/​many/​other sorts of animals. Kind/​sort of is followed by a singular or uncountable noun:This kind of question often appears in the exam. That sort of behaviour is not acceptable. Kinds/​sorts of is followed by a plural or uncountable noun:These kinds of questions often appear in the exam. These sorts of behaviour are not acceptable. Other variations are possible but less common:These kinds of question often appear in the exam. These sort of things don’t happen in real life. (This example is very informal and is considered incorrect by some people.) Note also that these examples are possible, especially in spoken English:The shelf was full of the sort of books I like to read. He faced the same kind of problems as his predecessor. There are many different sorts of animal on the island. What kind of camera is this? What kind/​kinds of cameras do you sell? There were three kinds of cakes/​cake on the plate.
  • Word Originnoun Old English cynd(e), gecynd(e), of Germanic origin; related to kin. The original sense was ‘nature, the natural order’, also ‘innate character, form, or condition’ (compare with the adjective kind); hence ‘a class ’or‘ race distinguished by innate characteristics’.Extra examples ‘I was terrible!’ ‘You were nothing of the kind!’ Be sure to eat enough of the right kind of food. Certain kinds of food are unsuitable for small children. Do you know the kind of thing I mean? I missed him, in a funny kind of way. I’m a fairly normal kind of guy. Musicals were her favourite/​favorite kind of movie. Prostate cancer is the most common kind of cancer in men. She does the same kind of work as me. The new school was the first of its kind. The regions differ in size, but not in kind. They played a truly unique kind of punk rock. They sell all kinds of things. They’re two of a kind= very like each other—both workaholics! This is the exact kind of thing I want. We stock various kinds of lawnmower. You need some kind of cover over it to protect it from the rain. a special kind of oil books of every kind music of different kinds the need for a new kind of leadership I need to buy paper and pencils and that kind of thing. I’ll never have that kind of money. She isn’t that kind of person. They play music of all kinds. We offer various kinds of educational courses.Idioms
    1. 1(of a payment) consisting of goods or services, not money As well as his salary, he gets benefits in kind.
    2. 2(formal) with the same thing She insulted him and he responded in kind.
    (informal) used to show that something you are saying is not exact I had a kind of feeling this might happen.
    kind of (informal) (also kinda
    BrE BrE//ˈkaɪndə//
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     slightly; in some ways That made me feel kind of stupid. I like him, kind of.
    nothing of the kind/sort
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    used to emphasize that the situation is very different from what has been said ‘I was terrible!’ ‘You were nothing of the kind.’
    1. 1(disapproving) not as good as it could be You're making progress of a kind.
    2. 2very similar They're two of a kind—both workaholics!
    the only one like this synonym unique My father was one of a kind—I'll never be like him.
    something of the/that kind
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    something like what has been said ‘He's resigning.’ ‘I'd suspected something of the kind.’
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: kind