If I wanted to describe all of the people close to someone such as their close friends, family, relatives, and spouse/significant other, how would I do so with one noun?

The simplest 'noun' that comes to mind is using the term "friends and family", e.g. "He sought consolation from his friends and family during the tragic incident."

Is there a more specific/powerful noun for this? An example of a loanword for this would be the Hawaiian Ohana.

I might be missing something obvious here, but I'd like to know what you guys think. I'm not looking for a specific answer, and loanwords would be great as well - possibly better!

edit: I don't care if it's a single word, actually.

  • Maybe clumsy isn't the best word to describe it. Perhaps it's a personal thing, but friends and family can sound a little inauthentic/trite. Ohana is a good one, but I did mention that in the question. I'm looking for more examples.
    – Mdev
    Commented May 17, 2014 at 4:42
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    @medica Haha yes, we seem to think very alike. I removed the single word request tag a couple of minutes ago. :)
    – Mdev
    Commented May 17, 2014 at 4:54

4 Answers 4


You can call all of them as family. Because you can also call your friends that is very close to you with kinship terms like "brother","sister" etc. It is not a true kinship but it is called fictive kinship.

Also, kinfolk (and folks) is used in this sense:

The people you hold the closest in life, or are related to.

As a phrase, there is kith and kin:

friends and relatives; people known to someone.

Also, kith itself means everyone you know but usually used in the above phrase.

familiar friends, neighbors, or relatives

Sources: Urban Dictionary, The Free Dictionary, and Merriam-Webster


loved ones

nearest and dearest


I think that another common expression to indicate the group of people with which you have your main contacts in life is your circle namely, family circle and circle of friends


A slang Australian expression is "My mob". But that consists of two words.

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