If two things are akin, then they're similar or related. A cupcake is akin to a cake and relatives are akin to each other.

If you know the word kin — a relative — then you have a clue to the meaning of akin. People who are related are akin, but the word goes beyond blood relations. Football is akin to the sport of rugby; baseball is akin to the British sport cricket. Mice are akin to rats, and rats are akin to gerbils, hamsters, and squirrels. Things that are akin are alike.

Definitions of akin

adj related by blood

blood-related, cognate, consanguine, consanguineal, consanguineous, kin
connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage

adj similar in quality or character

“a feeling akin to terror”
marked by correspondence or resemblance

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