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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
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