- acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or the like; persons living in the same general locality and forming a more or less cohesive group.
- 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
Examples from the Web for kith
My grandfather is his cousin, so he's kith and kin to me, somehow, if you can make that out.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
I reject you, and all of your kith and kin—all the false, hollow, heartless stock.'Barnaby Rudge
But Meade is the man of their own kith and kin, and they ought to have known him.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
Gone was the only living man who had stood to him for kith and kin.The Lion's Skin
I cannot serve my own kith and kin, but must seek my bread from the stranger!Lord Kilgobbin
- one's friends and acquaintances (esp in the phrase kith and kin)
Word Origin and History for kith
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.