Kith and kin
Kith Kith (k[i^]th), n. [OE. kith, cu[eth], AS. c[=y][eth][eth]e, c[=y][eth], native land, fr. c[=u][eth] known. [root]45. See {Uncouth}, {Can}, and cf. {Kythe}.] Acquaintance; kindred. [1913 Webster]

And my near kith for that will sore me shend. --W. Browne. [1913 Webster]

The sage of his kith and the hamlet. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

{Kith and kin}, kindred more or less remote. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • kith and kin — (kĭth’ ən kĭn’) pl.n. 1) One s acquaintances and relatives. 2) One s relatives. ╂ [Middle English kith, from Old English cȳth, kinsfolk, neighbors; see gnō .] Word History: Kith is obsolete except in the alliterative expression kith and kin, a… …   Word Histories

  • kith and kin — Your kith and kin are your family; your next of kin are close relations you nominate to deal with your affairs in the event of your death on a document, like a passport …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • kith and kin — [ˌkıθ ən ˈkın] n [plural] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: kith people you know well from Old English cythth knowledge ] old fashioned family and friends …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • kith and kin — [ ,kıθ ən kın ] noun plural OLD FASHIONED your friends and relatives …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • kith and kin — index origin (ancestry) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • kith and kin — noun plural Etymology: Middle English 1. : friends and kindred 2. : kindred, relations * * * acquaintances and relatives. [1350 1400; ME] * * * kith and kin UK [ˌkɪθ ən ˈkɪn] US …   Useful english dictionary

  • kith and kin — This is a tiresomely overworked phrase meaning acquaintances and relatives. Kith and kin are not synonymous: kith means friends, neighbors, and the like ; kin means people actually related through family ties, persons descended from a common… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • kith and kin —    Your kith and kin are your family; your next of kin are close relations you nominate to deal with your affairs in the event of your death on a document, like a passport.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Kith and kin —   Your kith and kin are your family; your next of kin are close relations you nominate to deal with your affairs in the event of your death on a document, like a passport …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • kith and kin — [[t]kɪ̱θ ən kɪ̱n[/t]] N PLURAL You can refer to your friends and family as your kith and kin …   English dictionary

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