clique

noun
\ 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 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

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During this time, China was split into competing military cliques and was only nominally unified in 1928 by the Chinese Nationalist Party, after more than a decade of political maneuvering and warfare. Don Giolzetti, CNN, "'Uncle Petrov' is the ethnic Russian streaming star making China question what it means to be Chinese," 22 June 2019 Langman and his co-author, the Yale anatomist Harold Saxton Burr, were among a small clique of scientists investigating the electrical properties of human tissue. Sally Adee, Quartz, "Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer," 30 May 2019 Similarly, the Pink Ladies, a popular clique headed by Rizzo (Stockard Channing), deliver their wiseacre lines with a fair dose of irony. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 For his part, Putin made the erroneous assertion in the news conference closing their summit that a clique of U.S. business associates steered $400 million to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Richard Lardner, The Seattle Times, "Fact check: Trump, Putin and their Hall of Mirrors," 17 July 2018 For decades, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has struggled to combat a problem within its own ranks: Secretive cliques of deputies who bonded over aggressive, often violent, police work and branded themselves with matching tattoos. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: Why the heat left so many powerless in L.A.," 10 July 2018 Mean Girls is her fourth Broadway show, and in the stage adaptation of Tina Fey’s 2004 film, the featured actress in a musical nominee finds the humor and vulnerability in Gretchen Wieners, one of the members of the Plastics clique. Diane Snyder, Billboard, "My Road to the Tonys: 'Mean Girls' Star Ashley Park," 8 June 2018 For decades, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has struggled to combat secretive cliques of deputies who bonded over aggressive, often violent police work and branded themselves with matching tattoos. Joel Rubin, latimes.com, "After decades of problems, new allegations surface of a secret clique within L.A. County Sheriff's Department," 10 July 2018 That formative, cringe-inducing time was filled with angst, cliques, and a whole lot of acne. Bonnie Stiernberg, Glamour, "I Wish Every Teen Girl Would Watch Hulu's PEN15," 10 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of clique

1711, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clique

French

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clique

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clique

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

clique

noun
\ 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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