A Word A Day : Kith

Wednesday, 30th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : Ki-th


1. somebody's friends and acquaintances

2. a group of people living in the same area and forming a culture with a common language, customs, economy, etc., usually endogamous

3. persons living in the same general locality and forming a more or less cohesive group


Kith and Kin : kindred more or less remote


Origin: bef. 900; ME; OE cȳth, earlier cȳththu kinship, knowledge, equiv. to cûth


family, kindred, kinfolk, kinsman, kinswoman, relation, Kin, friends, relatives


enemy, foe

Contextual Examples:

• One would be in less danger From the wiles of the stranger If one's own kin and kith Were more fun to be with.

• Nevertheless, she felt a little resentment that Anne Shirley, who was, after all, merely an adopted orphan, without kith or kin, should refuse her brother -- one of the Avonlea Andrews.

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