I'm looking for a single word that describes a group of people sitting together and sharing their life stories with each other. But it doesn't have to be stories about their lives. It could also be just stories about anything.

Is there any (close) single word or phrase or a better way to express this?

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    What context do you need it for? Because from the sound if it "group of people sharing stories" sounds nice enough. – Allan S. Hansen Jun 30 '17 at 12:04
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    @YosefBaskin, that implies they are doing it with the end of psychological support, rather than just passing the time as old friends (granted, the OP doesn't specify) – marcellothearcane Jun 30 '17 at 12:08
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    If you want meaningless chatter, there's shooting the breeze, chewing the fat, jawboning. – Yosef Baskin Jun 30 '17 at 12:10
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    Allude to Canterbury Tales. – Hot Licks Jun 30 '17 at 12:49
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    @YosefBaskin "...shooting the breez, chewing the fat, jawboning." All can be done ad nauseam at Katz's delicatessen in New York. Very enjoyable! – Peter Point Jun 30 '17 at 12:58

One subset (depending on the type of story) would be


gossip [gos-uh p] /noun

  1. idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others.

  2. light, familiar talk or writing.

  3. Also, gossiper, gossipper. a person given to tattling or idle talk.


Yenta [yen-tuh] /noun, Slang.

  1. a person, especially a woman, who is a busybody or gossip.
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Not quite right, but coffee klatch.

In a coffee klatch, people (usually women) will talk about anything and everything, from trivial to as serious as can be. Can this be extended to a conversation over beer, or wine, or mead and whatever people drank around the fire tens of thousands of years ago, when people got together and forged myths to explain creation and the workings of the gods in daily life and to plan the details of tomorrow's bison hunt?

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While I see that your question includes a more general request for a term, I can only think of terms that refer to subsets of the request.

Reminisce [rem-uh-nis] /verb (used without object), reminisced, reminiscing.

  1. to recall past experiences, events, etc.; indulge in reminiscence.

This term refers to the activity, and not the group. I have not encountered the noun form in use before. However, I have seen some dictionaries include "reminiscer" to describe the person doing the action, so the group could be called "reminiscers".

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