\ 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 clique (audio) also  ˈklē-​ How to pronounce clique (audio) \ adjective
cliquish \ ˈkli-​kish How to pronounce clique (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 Throughout, Johnson has stood apart from any clique, whether the modernizers who have sought to remake the Conservative Party or the Thatcherite resistance against them. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 7 June 2021 The Real Housewives of New York City continued their trip to the Hamptons, where Sonja spiraled, Ramona got called out, and Eboni's eyes were opened as to what a girls' trip with this clique entails. Mary Sollosi,, 21 May 2021 In this case, FirstEnergy and its affiliates shipped the money to Generation Now, which served as a bank account for Householder’s clique, authorities say. John Caniglia, cleveland, 19 May 2021 In Indonesia, by the mid-sixties, a revolutionary regime had been ousted by a military clique and leftists were being purged in a series of massacres that left hundreds of thousands dead. Thomas Meaney, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 Those who are at home will feel left out of this clique. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 5 May 2021 The 10 pro-impeachment House Republicans have formed something of a clique, trading information regularly and helping each other out financially., 24 Apr. 2021 Beard also tapped UT Arlington head coach and erstwhile Barnes assistant Chris Ogden, 40, as the program’s managing director in a hiring that created one more cosmic connection among Texas’ new clique of coaches. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 7 May 2021 Two days later, this TikTok dropped, anthropomorphizing the vaccination effort as a clique of dramatic teens who had turned on the weakest member. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of clique

1711, in the meaning defined above

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“Clique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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