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clique

 (klĭk, klēk)
n.
A small exclusive group of friends or associates.
intr.v. cliqued, cliqu·ing, cliques Informal
To form, associate in, or act as a clique.

[French, from Old French, latch or from obsolete French cliquer, to click, clink, of imitative origin.]

cliqu′ey, cliqu′y, cliqu′ish adj.
cliqu′ish·ly adv.
cliqu′ish·ness n.

clique

(kliːk; klɪk)
n
a small exclusive group of friends or associates
[C18: from French, perhaps from Old French: latch, from cliquer to click; suggestive of the necessity to exclude nonmembers]
ˈcliquish adj
ˈcliquishly adv
ˈcliquishness n

clique

(klik, klɪk)

n., v. cliqued, cli•quing. n.
1. a small, exclusive group of people; coterie; set.
v.i.
2. to form or associate in a clique.
[1705–15; < French, appar. metaphorical use of Middle French clique latch, or n. derivative of cliquer to make noise]
cli′quey, cli′quy, adj.
cli′quish, adj.
cli′quish•ly, adv.
cli′quish•ness, n.

Clique

 a narrow circle of friends; an exclusive set, 1711. See also coterie, faction.
Example: clique of admirers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clique - an exclusive circle of people with a common purposeclique - an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
band, circle, lot, set - an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
Bloomsbury Group - an inner circle of writers and artists and philosophers who lived in or around Bloomsbury early in the 20th century and were noted for their unconventional lifestyles
bohemia - a group of artists and writers with real or pretended artistic or intellectual aspirations and usually an unconventional life style
brain trust, kitchen cabinet - an inner circle of unofficial advisors to the head of a government
loop - an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan); "he's no longer in the loop"
cabal, camarilla, faction, junto - a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
junta, military junta - a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power
maffia, mafia - any tightly knit group of trusted associates
faction, sect - a dissenting clique
galere, rogue's gallery - a coterie of undesirable people
hard core - the most dedicated and intensely loyal nucleus of a group or movement

clique

noun group, set, crowd, pack, circle, crew (informal), gang, faction, mob, clan, posse (informal), coterie, schism, cabal The country is run by a small clique of wealthy families.

clique

noun
A particular social group:
Informal: bunch, gang.
Translations
زُمره، عُصبه
parta
klike
klíka
klikauždaras
kliķe
klika

clique

[kliːk] Ncamarilla f

clique

[ˈkliːk] ncoterie f

clique

nClique f, → Klüngel m (inf)

clique

[kliːk] ncricca

clique

(kliːk) noun
a group of people who are friendly with each other but exclude others. the golf-club clique.
ˈcliqu(e)y, ˈcliquish adjective
References in classic literature ?
The infection spread; soon there was a party or clique in Grimworth on the side of "buying at Freely's"; and many husbands, kept for some time in the dark on this point, innocently swallowed at two mouthfuls a tart on which they were paying a profit of a hundred per cent.
If not too refined, at all events too remote, too shadowy, and unsubstantial in his modes of development to suit the taste of the latter class, and yet too popular to satisfy the spiritual or metaphysical requisitions of the former, he must necessarily find himself without an audience, except here and there an individual or possibly an isolated clique.
Nevertheless, political prejudice was not the chief influence on the conduct of the Right clique of the studio.
Money is not essential, but this wide affinity is, which transcends the habits of clique and caste and makes itself felt by men of all classes.
A clique of sleek men in the city got between her and him to just about that amount.
Young La Billardiere, the director's son, placed as supernumerary with Baudoyer, made another member of the clique.
During all the early part of his public career Burke steadily fought against the attempts of the King and his Tory clique to entrench themselves within the citadel of irresponsible government.
Don't the very greatest ladies of all talk about that small clique of persons to whom they belong?
Why,' returned Gowan, 'I belong to a clan, or a clique, or a family, or a connection, or whatever you like to call it, that might have provided for me in any one of fifty ways, and that took it into its head not to do it at all.
There are cliques in America as elsewhere, Lady Hunstanton.
They could enjoy life with their cliques as well--passengers invariably divide up into cliques, on all ships.
This, combined with her beauty and charm -- a charm acknowledged by all who met her -- promptly opened the gates of all cliques, clubs and classes in Redmond to her; and where she went Anne and Priscilla went, too.