\ 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

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 Stewart described them as a loose clique of fire department veterans who used drugs illegally, with some admitting to being under the influence while at work. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 12 July 2022 A dozen people have been indicted in federal court in Alexandria and accused of involvement in a Northern Virginia clique of MS-13 that authorities say was linked to four killings over four months. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022 The commercial ends with a shout-out to the clique Heron infiltrates in Mean Girls. Sara Netzley,, 2 July 2022 Agents claim the gang's local faction, known as the Thompson Los Salvatrucha clique, had capitalized on Nashville's addiction crisis since 2014, selling large amounts of cocaine and marijuana in the bathrooms and parking lots of nightclubs. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, 30 June 2022 Eilish and Finneas held court near a view of Southern Manhattan and an Italian clique including Chiara Ferragni huddling around Donatella. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 3 May 2022 With no campus clique to join, Villalvazo spent her school breaks alone in an upper-story hallway between school buildings. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Consistent individual accountability, however, will stifle job sharing aimed at protecting the clique. Debra Rinell, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 Any gang member who had an issue with another was to bring it up at the clique meeting. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clique

1711, in the meaning defined above

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3 Aug 2022

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“Clique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for clique


\ 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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