\ ˈklik How to pronounce clique (audio) also ˈklēk How to pronounce clique (audio) \

Definition of clique

: a narrow exclusive circle or group of persons especially : one held together by common interests, views, or purposes high school cliques

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Other Words from clique

cliquey \ ˈkli-​kē How to pronounce cliquey (audio) also  ˈklē-​ How to pronounce cliquey (audio) \ adjective
cliquish \ ˈkli-​kish How to pronounce cliquish (audio) \ adjective
cliquishly adverb
cliquishness noun

Examples of clique in a Sentence

that clique refuses to even talk to outsiders at their lunch table
Recent Examples on the Web The ties between Mary Fitzgerald and Christine Quinn remain frayed, and Chrishell Stause is still trying to find her place in the clique-y offices of The Oppenheim Group. Morgan Baila,, "Amanza Smith Is Here To Shake Things Up On Selling Sunset Season 2," 22 May 2020 Steer clear of cliques and groups that drain your energy as well as your time. oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 11, 2020: Leo, make a game plan; Sagittarius, time for hard work," 11 Mar. 2020 During the competition, the appearance of cliques cut along racial lines in the Springboks squad prompted much comment. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Why South Africa's Rugby World Cup victory means so much more," 2 Nov. 2019 In Mozambique a clique of officials created three companies, ostensibly to build shipyards, police the coast and catch tuna. The Economist, "A $2bn loan scandal sank Mozambique’s economy," 22 Aug. 2019 In 1794, France abolished slavery, Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, and a clique of Harvard undergrads, dissatisfied with the paucity of meat in the College dining hall, roasted a pig. Nathaniel Brooks Horwitz, Town & Country, "Why I Refused to Join One of Harvard's All-Male Final Clubs," 31 Aug. 2016 Heathers’: a postmodern, arch as hell, highly stylized high school clique drama. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: High school treachery in ‘Selah and the Spades’," 17 Apr. 2020 The royal village church, with its plaques and monuments, is like the private chapel of ailing megalomaniacs: the shrine of a clique. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘The Quest for Queen Mary’ Review: Mum’s the Word," 10 Feb. 2019 In just about every clique of our hunting community, any new device is scrutinized, which is good, but only to a point. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Will All This New Technology Ruin Hunting? In Short, No," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of clique

1711, in the meaning defined above

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“Clique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clique

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


\ ˈklēk How to pronounce clique (audio) , ˈklik \

Kids Definition of clique

: a small group of friends who are not friendly to others

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