1. of kin; related by blood (usually used predicatively): cousins who were too closely akin for marriage.
  2. allied by nature; having the same properties: Something akin to vertigo was troubling her.
  3. having or showing an affinity; kindred: They are emotionally but not intellectually akin.

adjective (postpositive)

  1. related by blood; of the same kin
  2. (often foll by to) having similar characteristics, properties, etc

1550s, from phrase of kin; see kin.

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