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Definition of Kin


  1. A diminutive suffix; as, manikin; lambkin.
  2. A primitive Chinese instrument of the cittern kind, with from five to twenty-five silken strings.
  3. Relationship, consanguinity, or affinity; connection by birth or marriage; kindred; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
  4. Relatives; persons of the same family or race.
  5. Of the same nature or kind; kinder.
  6. Alt. of Kine

Kin Quotations

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
William Shakespeare

Obviously, you would give your life for your children, or give them the last biscuit on the plate. But to me, the trick in life is to take that sense of generosity between kin, make it apply to the extended family and to your neighbour, your village and beyond.
Tom Stoppard

Gratitude's not a natural posture. The prince of darkness is ultimately a spoiled ingrate, and I've spent most of my life as kin to the fist-shaker.
Ann Voskamp

Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!
Honore de Balzac

I can remember that on the shelves at home, there were these books by Thomas Wolfe. 'Look Homeward Angel' and 'Of Time and the River.' 'Of Time and the River' had just come out when I was aware of his name. My parents had a hard time convincing me that he was no kin whatsoever. My attitude was, 'Well, what's he doing on the shelf, then?'
Tom Wolfe
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Kin Translations

kin in German is Verwandschaft, Sippe
kin in Latin is semen-inis
kin in Norwegian is slekt
kin in Spanish is parientes
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