What does kindred mean?

Definitions for kindred
ˈkɪn drɪdkin·dred

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kin, kin group, kinship group, kindred, clan, tribeadjective

    group of people related by blood or marriage

  2. akin(p), kindredadjective

    similar in quality or character

    "a feeling akin to terror"; "kindred souls"; "the amateur is closely related to the collector"

  3. kindredadjective

    related by blood or marriage

    "kindred clans"


  1. kindrednoun

    A combination of extended family and religious group, of the Ásatrú religious order in America.

  2. kindrednoun

    Distant and close relatives, collectively.

  3. kindrednoun

    Peoples of the same ethnic descent, not including speaker; brethren.

  4. kindredadjective

    Of the same nature.

  5. Etymology: From kindrede, alteration (with epenthetic d) of kinrede, cunreden, from cynred, cynræden, from cynn + -ræden, equivalent to. More at kin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Kindredadjective

    Congeneal; related; cognate.

    From Tuscan Coritum he claim’d his birth;
    But after, when exempt from mortal earth,
    From thence ascended to his kindred skies
    A god. Dryden.

  2. Kindrednoun

    Etymology: from kin; cynrene , Saxon

    Like her, of equal kindred to the throne,
    You keep her conquests, and extend your own. Dryden.

    His horse hipp’d with an old mothy saddle, and the stirrups of no kindred. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    I think there is no man secure
    But the queen’s kindred. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Nor needs thy juster title the foul guilt
    Of Eastern kings, who, to secure their reign,
    Must have their brothers, sons, and kindred slain. Denham.


  1. kindred

    Kindred refers to one's family and relatives, or people who share a similar and often close relationship. It can also refer to something that has a similar or related nature, origin, or character to another entity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kindrednoun

    relationship by birth or marriage; consanguinity; affinity; kin

  2. Kindrednoun

    relatives by blood or marriage, more properly the former; relations; persons related to each other

  3. Kindredadjective

    related; congenial; of the like nature or properties; as, kindred souls; kindred skies; kindred propositions


  1. Kindred

    In the Heathen movements, a kindred is a local worship group and organizational unit. Other terms used are hearth, theod, blotgroup, sippe, and other less popular ones such as garth, stead, church, and others. Kindreds are usually grassroots groups, most of which are independent from any other organization. Rarely through, a kindred may be affiliated with a national organization such as the Ásatrú Alliance, or The Troth, rather than the Swedish Forn Sed Assembly or the Odinic Rite. Independent kindreds are more typical within the US than elsewhere.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kindred

    kin′dred, n. relationship by blood, less properly, by marriage: relatives: (pl., B.) families.—adj. related: congenial. [M. E. kinrede—A.S. cynn, kin, and the suffix -ræden, expressing mode or state.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Eng. _kin_, meaning relation, and _dread_, meaning fear; fearful relations.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kindred is ranked #7026 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Kindred surname appeared 4,763 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Kindred.

    66.3% or 3,161 total occurrences were White.
    27.6% or 1,317 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 120 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.2% or 106 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.6% or 30 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 29 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kindred in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kindred in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of kindred in a Sentence

  1. Marie de Rabutin-Chantal:

    We cannot destroy kindred: Our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break.

  2. Alan Watts:

    Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.

  3. Jane Porter:

    Happiness is a sunbeam, Which may pass through a thousand bosoms Without losing a particle of its original ray Nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, Like the converged light on a mirror, It reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared.

  4. Marie de Rabutin-Chantal:

    We cannot destroy kindred Our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break.

  5. Abraham Lincoln:

    It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.

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    marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
    • A. alternate
    • B. whirring
    • C. abrupt
    • D. profound

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