from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • One's acquaintances and relatives.
  • One's relatives.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. both friends and family

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. kindred more or less remote.


Middle English kith, from Old English cȳth, kinsfolk, neighbors.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Literally, albeit archaically, friends (“kith”) and family (“kin”). (Wiktionary)


  • Lief would I kill him and console my heart of him; and, by delivering the young Moslem from his mischief and restoring him to his country and kith and kin and friends, fain would I lay up merit for the world to come, by taking my wreak of him. 45 This will be an almsdeed from you and ye will reap the reward thereof from Almighty

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • But, O King, when my kith and kin come, I will tell them how thou boughtest me with thy gold, and hast entreated me with kindness and benevolence.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Frequent were the house-parties at Mount Vernon, and how unstinted hospitality was to kith and kin is shown by many entries in Washington's diary, a single one of which will indicate the rest: “I set out for my return home ” at which I arrived a little after noon ” And found my Brother Jon Augustine his Wife; Daughter Milly, & Sons Bushrod

    The True George Washington

  • “Aux arrets,” or confinement to one's quarters, is the most common form of punishment inflicted by Old World monarchs upon those of their kith and kin who have failed to comply with their behests, and there is scarcely a single sovereign or prince of the blood, who has not been subjected to this species of discipline at one time or another of his career.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • "Puir thing," said Mrs. Macgregor, "she hasna seen one of her own kith and kin this mony a day.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • Prince was seventeen years old, the King sickened of a sore sickness and came nigh to die, so, being certified that his decease was at hand, he said to the people of his household, “This is disease of Death which is upon me; wherefore do ye summon my son and kith and kin and gather together the Grandees and Notables of my empire, so not one of them may remain except he be present.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Chiefs of thy kith and kin and twenty-thousand horse and fare on before us to the land of Jaland bin Karkar.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It was as if they found the world beyond their cove so terrible that they might be fouled by any contact with outlanders and that all but kith and kin were best counted as enemy.

    Cold Mountain

  • By this time, the day began to decline and the sun drew near to its downing; and he said in his mind, “Verily I find no goodlier place to night in than this city; so I will lodge here and early on the morrow I will return to my kith and kin and my kingdom; and tell my father and family what hath passed and acquaint him with what mine eyes have seen.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then he bethought him of his brother, Nur al-Din Ali, and how he had died in a strange land far from kith and kin and friends; and he wept and repeated these lines: — I wander ‘mid these walls, my Layla’s walls,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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