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co·ter·ie

 (kō′tə-rē, kō′tə-rē′)
n.
A small, often select group of persons who associate with one another frequently.

[French, from Old French, peasant association, from cotier, cottager, from *cote, cottage, possibly of Germanic origin.]

coterie

(ˈkəʊtərɪ)
n
a small exclusive group of friends or people with common interests; clique
[C18: from French, from Old French: association of tenants, from cotier (unattested) cottager, from Medieval Latin cotārius cotter2; see cot2]

co•te•rie

(ˈkoʊ tə ri)

n.
1. a group of people who associate closely.
2. an exclusive group; clique.
[1730–40; < French, Middle French: an association of tenant farmers < Medieval Latin coter(ius) cotter2 + -ie -y3]

Coterie

 a circle of persons associated together and separated from outsiders; an association for political or social purposes; a number of people meeting familiarly, usually for social or literary reasons, 1738. See also clique, company, set.
Examples: coterie of orchids, 1849; of revolutionaries, 1764.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coterie - an exclusive circle of people with a common purposecoterie - 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

coterie

noun clique, group, set, camp, circle, gang, outfit (informal), posse (informal), cabal The songs he recorded were written by a small coterie of dedicated writers.

coterie

noun
A particular social group:
Informal: bunch, gang.
Translations

coterie

[ˈkəʊtərɪ] Ngrupo m; (= clique) → peña f, camarilla f

coterie

[ˈkəʊtəri] n (= clique) → coterie f

coterie

nClique f; (= literary coterie)Zirkel m

coterie

[ˈkəʊtərɪ] n (frm) → gruppo ristretto
References in classic literature ?
Mademoiselle Cormon, a species of firm, as one might say, under whose name was comprised an imposing coterie, was naturally the aim and object of two ambitious men as deep and wily as the Chevalier de Valois and du Bousquier.
This little coterie of friends was composed of seven famous men, who possessed many talents in common, being poets and musicians, alchemists, philosophers, and mostly hard drinkers as well.
The road led straight up to the chateau which, compared to its ancestor on the hill, was exactly what a fop of the coterie of the Duc d'Enghein would have been beside a knight in steel armor in the time of Charles VII.
On one was piled certain curiously twisted and complicated figures, called “nut-cakes,” On another were heaps of a black-looking sub stance, which, receiving its hue from molasses, was properly termed “sweet-cake ;” a wonderful favorite in the coterie of Remarkable, A third was filled, to use the language of the housekeeper, with “cards of gingerbread ;” and the last held a “ plum- cake,” so called from the number of large raisins that were showing their black heads in a substance of suspiciously similar color.
They succeeded in that aim by a fire of sarcasms which presently brought down the pride of the Right coterie.
I may say I find refreshment in this little coterie, in thus meeting my old acquaintances and subordinates, who worship me still, in spite of all.
The police were inclined to be a little skeptical, for they had had other dealings with this same lady and her lovely coterie of gentlemen friends.
A hunting coterie, as you fellows know, means lots of liberty, and a general free-and-easiness amongst the sexes, which naturally leads to flirtations more or less serious.
PETER WINN lay back comfortably in a library chair, with closed eyes, deep in the cogitation of a scheme of campaign destined in the near future to make a certain coterie of hostile financiers sit up.
To say that this was entirely unexpected by the small coterie which knew him, would be to say an untruth; and yet never once had we, his intimates, ever canvassed the idea.
On one side it's a plaything; they play at being a parliament, and I'm neither young enough nor old enough to find amusement in playthings; and on the other side" (he stammered) "it's a means for the coterie of the district to make money.
Every member of the respectable coterie appeared plunged in his own reflections; not excepting the dog, who by a certain malicious licking of his lips seemed to be meditating an attack upon the legs of the first gentleman or lady he might encounter in the streets when he went out.