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kid is an optional header claim which holds a key identifier, particularly useful when you have multiple keys to sign the tokens and you need to look up the right one to verify the signature.

Once a signed JWT is a JWS, consider the definition from the RFC 7515:

4.1.4. "kid" (Key ID) Header Parameter

The kid (key ID) Header Parameter is a hint indicating which key was used to secure the JWS. This parameter allows originators to explicitly signal a change of key to recipients. The structure of the kid value is unspecified. Its value MUST be a case-sensitive string. Use of this Header Parameter is OPTIONAL.

When used with a JWK, the kid value is used to match a JWK kid parameter value.

I generated a JTW token and there are some claims which I understand well, but there is a claim called kid in header. Does anyone know what it means?

I generated the token using auth0.com