kith and kin

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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  • noun both friends and family

Etymologies

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

[Middle English kith, from Old English cȳth, kinsfolk, neighbors; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

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Literally, albeit archaically, friends (“kith”) and family (“kin”).

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