Kin vs Stranger - What's the difference?

kin | stranger |

As nouns the difference between kin and stranger

is that kin is pain while stranger is a person whom one does not know; a person who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance.

As an adjective stranger is


As a verb stranger is

(obsolete|transitive) to estrange; to alienate.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) kin, kyn, ken, kun, from (etyl) .


  • Race; family; breed; kind.
  • (collectively) Persons of the same race or family; kindred.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • You are of kin , and so a friend to their persons.
  • One or more relatives, such as siblings or cousins, taken collectively.
  • Relationship; same-bloodedness or affinity; near connection or alliance, as of those having common descent.
  • Kind; sort; manner; way.
  • Derived terms
    * akin * kind * kindred * kinfolk * kinship * kinsman * kinswoman * kith and kin * next of kin
    See also
    * kith * clan


  • Related by blood or marriage, akin. Generally used in "kin to".
  • It turns out my back-fence neighbor is kin to one of my co-workers.

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • A primitive Chinese musical instrument of the cittern kind, with from five to twenty-five silken strings.
  • (Riemann)
  • * 1840 , Elijah Coleman Bridgman, Samuel Wells Williams, The Chinese Repository (page 40)
  • If a musician were going to give a lecture upon the mathematical part of his art, he would find a very elegant substitute for the monochord in the Chinese kin .


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  • (strange)
  • * Truth is stranger than fiction. (English proverb)
  • Derived terms

    * See strange


    (en noun)
  • A person whom one does not know; a person who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance.
  • :
  • *
  • *:In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.Strangers might enter the room, but they were made to feel that they were there on sufferance: they were received with distance and suspicion.
  • An outsider or foreigner.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:I am a most poor woman and a stranger , / Born out of your dominions.
  • * (1666-1735)
  • *:Melons on beds of ice are taught to bear, / And strangers to the sun yet ripen here.
  • *1961', : “”
  • A newcomer.
  • *, chapter=7
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=[…] St.?Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger' s mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.}}
  • (lb) One who has not been seen for a long time.
  • :
  • (lb) One not belonging to the family or household; a guest; a visitor.
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:To honour and receive / Our heavenly stranger .
  • (lb) One not privy or party an act, contract, or title; a mere intruder or intermeddler; one who interferes without right.
  • :
  • Synonyms

    * (person whom one does not know) * alien, foreigner, foreign national, non-national/nonnational, non-resident/nonresident, outsider * (newcomer) newbie, newcomer


    * (person whom one does not know) acquaintance, friend * compatriot, countryman, fellow citizen, fellow countryman, national, resident * (newcomer)

    Derived terms

    * be no stranger to * don't be a stranger * stranger danger

    See also

    * myall


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To estrange; to alienate.
  • (Shakespeare)


    * granters