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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.]
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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]
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co•te•rie(ˈkoʊ tə ri)
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]
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Coteriea 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.
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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
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
hard core - the most dedicated and intensely loyal nucleus of a group or movement
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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.
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coterie[ˈkəʊtəri] n (= clique) → coterie f
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