Definition of kindred in English:



  • 1[treated as plural] One's family and relations.

    • ‘The kindred (pavula, in Sinhala) of an individual often comprise the group with whom it is possible to eat or marry.’
    • ‘What are five thousand humans, compared to all the Ilien, our kindred, whom you could have saved if you so chose?’
    • ‘In that case why don't you sit by your kindred over there?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Benjamin, who appreciated bawdy humor as much as any of his kindred, would have relished the vitality of the street scene.’
    • ‘‘I do not wish to estrange you from your kindred,’ a deep and unseen voice replied.’
    • ‘Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred… Get thee out of this land, and return unto the land of thy nativity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are much smaller than my kindred, for one thing, and more resemble one another in general features.’
    • ‘Under wrong information conveyed to them by Lalan's fellow pilgrims of the past, his kindred had by now taken him to be dead and had performed his last rites.’
    • ‘He married Gille Comgáin's widow Gruoch, perhaps in an attempt at reconciliation, but probably also because she belonged to the Scottish royal kindred.’
    • ‘Members of an extended kindred tend to live in the same area or community, building their individual homes on jointly held family land.’
    • ‘It concerns blood, of course; for me and my kindred, it's always a matter of blood.’
    • ‘Learning that Anarran's kindred lived on, that his bloodline had been preserved to the current day, had nearly driven Ralinne over the edge in an instant.’
    • ‘In Scotland the role of the feudal lord was superimposed upon the more ancient status of chief of a clan or kindred.’
    • ‘Her kindred and friends crept stealthily about, shrinking from every breeze, lest it should be ridden by the plague, and avoiding the performance of every act of love and charity, lest they might become infected; but Oona did not do so.’
    • ‘A voice in my head said, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house.’’
    • ‘He still loyal to his kindred despite their ill-treatment.’
    • ‘In order to survive, each household carefully guards the interests of its members and its kindred.’
    family, relatives, relations, kin, family members, connections, kith and kin, one's own flesh and blood, clan, tribe, house, lineage
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] Relationship by blood:
      ‘ties of kindred’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In this context ties of kindred were tightened by lordship rather than loosened.’
      • ‘We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.’
      • ‘Bleeding that first occurs in adulthood, is associated with a specific disorder, and is not seen in kindred, implies an acquired hemorrhagic condition.’
      • ‘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.’
      kinship, family ties, being related, relationship, relatedness, blood relationship, ties of blood, consanguinity, common ancestry, common lineage
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  • [attributive] Similar in kind; related:

    ‘books on kindred subjects’
    • ‘It was a time to rejoice in her accomplishments, and I couldn't help but feel a kindred pride with the other assembled parents and siblings.’
    • ‘Together the two kindred souls find common pleasure in exploring the delights of an alien culture, even while discovering a little bit about themselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For example, does the Internet, while connecting people with kindred interests, also facilitate social isolation and risk of depression?’
    • ‘The harmony of analogous colors would suggest that unity is achieved through the kindred efforts of the many parts.’
    • ‘This was the only way a kindred soul could recognise you, saving you from a lonely existence.’
    • ‘That ensures that the book is treated seriously in The New York Times Book Review and kindred publications.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Luckily, he found a kindred soul in Bangalore Police Commissioner S. Mariswamy.’
    • ‘But we would rather hand them down to some erudite and kindred soul.’
    • ‘There are some kids who struggle more than others, and in them Loralee sees a kindred heart.’
    • ‘Someone you consider a kindred soul will either help fill an emotional void or guide you through a difficult situation.’
    • ‘It was when he confessed that he had never sent his wife flowers that I felt that rush of kindred feeling.’
    • ‘But somehow, they'd found each other - kindred in a strange sort of way.’
    • ‘A growing constellation of kindred souls linked together there, makes it extra worthwhile.’
    • ‘They were kindred souls, who had grown up together as neighbours, and naturally, had fallen in love.’
    • ‘It helps, as it always does with sport, to have some kind of kindred bond with one of the teams, however tenuous that may be.’
    • ‘At the time, she was dealing with fickle-mother syndrome and abandonment issues, and sensed a kindred soul.’
    • ‘‘We often use containers made of Bakelite, or a kindred substance, to store various perishable food-stuffs in the larder,’ he explained.’
    related, allied, connected, closely connected, closely related, comparable, similar, like, alike, parallel, associated, corresponding, cognate, analogous, interconnected, affiliated
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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).