From (etyl) kin, kyn, ken, kun, from (etyl) .
Race; family; breed; kind.
(collectively) Persons of the same race or family; kindred.
* Francis Bacon
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.
- You are of kin , and so a friend to their persons.
* kith and kin
* next of kin
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.
A primitive Chinese musical instrument of the cittern kind, with from five to twenty-five silken strings.
* 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 .
* Truth is stranger than fiction. (English proverb)
* See strange
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.
*:Melons on beds of ice are taught to bear, / And strangers to the sun yet ripen here.
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(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.
* (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
* be no stranger to
* don't be a stranger
* stranger danger
(obsolete) To estrange; to alienate.