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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Definitions for kith

  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.

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Citations for kith
... they endure hardships and privations of every kind--supported by the one thought of the day when they can return home again, and when ... they can rest from wandering, and seated amidst their kith and kind, tell of the wondrous things they have seen in their journeyings. Charles Lever, The Dodd Family Abroad, 1854
I had neither kith nor kin in England, and was therefore as free as air--or as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Study in Scarlet," Beeton’s Christmas Annual, 1887
Origin of kith
Kith hails from the Old English term cȳth, which is ultimately derived from cȳththu, meaning "kinship, knowledge." It is akin to the German Kunde meaning "knowledge."