1. A group of related persons, as a clan or tribe.
2. (used with a pl. verb) A person's relatives; kinfolk.
1. Of the same ancestry or family: kindred clans.
2. Having a similar or related origin, nature, or character: kindred emotions.
[Middle English kinrede, kindrede, from Late Old English cynrēde : cyn, kin; see genə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -rēde, condition (from Old English rǣden, -rǣden, condition; see ar- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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