kith

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noun
  1. acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or the like; persons living in the same general locality and forming a more or less cohesive group.
  2. kindred.
  3. a group of people living in the same area and forming a culture with a common language, customs, economy, etc., usually endogamous.

Origin of kith

before 900; Middle English; Old English cȳth, earlier cȳththu kinship, knowledge, equivalent to cūth couth2 + -thu -th1; akin to Gothic kunthi, German Kunde knowledge
Can be confusedkin kith
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kith

noun
  1. one's friends and acquaintances (esp in the phrase kith and kin)

Word Origin for kith

Old English cӯthth, from cūth; see uncouth
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Word Origin and History for kith
n.

Old English cyðð "kinship, relationship; kinsfolk, fellow-countrymen, neighbors; native country, home; knowledge, acquaintance, familiarity," from cuð "known," past participle of cunnan "to know" (see can (v.)). Cognate with Old High German chundida. The alliterative phrase kith and kin (late 14c.) originally meant "country and kinsmen" and is almost the word's only survival.

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