framily
n. A person's closest friends, particularly those who feel like part of the family. [Blend of friends and family.]

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It was no surprise then that a recent study concluded that 67 per cent of us consider our pals to be just as important as our extended families. Now that relatives are often spread across the country or the globe, we are replacing traditional relations with friends, coining a new term for our collective chumfest — "framilies".
—Shari Low, "Someone tell Paris girl pals are forever," Daily Record, October 16, 2008

Sunday marks National Friendship Day as proclaimed by the U.S. Congress in 1935, and what better time for two New York City authors and real-life friends to release their latest book, "Friend or Frenemy? A Guide to the Friends You Need and the Ones You Don't."

Andrea Lavinthal, an editor at Cosmopolitan magazine, and Jessica Rozler, who works in book publishing, are very different women who offer a very real perspective of what makes a good friend, how to get rid of your worst frenemies, and who should make it into your framily (aka friend-family).
—Aimee Dolloff, "With friends like you ...'Friend or Frenemy?'," Bangor Daily News, August 2, 2008

Earliest Citation:
Judy K. Hadokowitz, 56, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at her home. ...

Survivors: Children, Michelle Hadokowitz and Jay Hadokowitz; grandson, Justin Hadokowitz, all of Hurst; sister, Joan Harvey of Grand Prairie; brother and sister-in-law, Richard Hadokowitz and his wife, Janice, of Minneapolis, Minn.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and loving group of friends known to her as "framily."
—"Obituaries," Fort Worth Star Telegram, November 20, 2003

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