kith

[kith]
noun
1.
acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or the like; persons living in the same general locality and forming a more or less cohesive group.
3.
a group of people living in the same area and forming a culture with a common language, customs, economy, etc., usually endogamous.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English cȳth, earlier cȳththu kinship, knowledge, equivalent to cūth couth2 + -thu -th1; akin to Gothic kunthi, German Kunde knowledge

ken, kin, kith.
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kith (kɪθ)
 
n
one's friends and acquaintances (esp in the phrase kith and kin)
 
[Old English cӯthth, from cūth; see uncouth]

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kith
O.E. cyðð "native country, home," from cuð "known," pp. of cunnan "to know" (see can (v.)). The alliterative phrase kith and kin (late 14c.) originally meant "country and kinsmen."
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Example sentences
His intent was simple, keep kith and kin informed while cutting down on e-mail traffic.
Letting kith and kin fiddle with focus online may not be enough to fuel demand.
Kith and kin caregivers typically have no formal training in providing care or in early childhood education.
Support to new mothers may be available among generations, kith and kin networks or close neighborhood networks.
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