noun \ˈklēk, ˈklik\

: a small group of people who spend time together and who are not friendly to other people

Full Definition of CLIQUE

:  a narrow exclusive circle or group of persons; especially :  one held together by common interests, views, or purposes
cliqu·ey \ˈklē-kē, ˈkli-\ adjective
cliqu·ish \ˈkli-kish\ adjective
cliqu·ish·ly adverb
cliqu·ish·ness noun

Examples of CLIQUE

  1. <that clique refuses to even talk to outsiders at their lunch table>

Origin of CLIQUE

First Known Use: 1711

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture


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