\ 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 These are boom times for international shows, and La Belle France is riding high (the Lupin crowd, the Call My Agent clique, the fact that everyone seems to have finally discovered The Bureau). Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "3 Swedish Shows to Binge When You're Done Watching French TV," 27 Apr. 2021 Tina Fey, an expert at bringing fresh, and hilarious, perspectives to common tropes—the high school clique (Mean Girls), escaping a cult (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)—serves as an executive producer. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "How to Watch Girls5eva, the New Musical Comedy Series Executive Produced by Tina Fey," 13 Apr. 2021 His clique, the Master Blasters, got so hot so quickly that Jacobs was soon made the youngest regular radio DJ in the region. Paul Thompson, Vulture, "Rap’s Most Imaginative Roads Lead Back to Shock G," 26 Apr. 2021 Cooking class was taught by Mrs. Shaw, an elderly, muumuu-wearing transplant from somewhere in the South, and was dominated by a clique of boisterous girls who ate brown sugar by the handful straight out of the cannisters. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "Did Home Economics Empower Women?," 19 Apr. 2021 The oligarchs’ power in Ukraine reaches deep into areas such energy, mining and media — giving a clique of billionaires the clout to shape political and policy decisions. Washington Post, "Ukraine wants to show Biden it’s serious about ending ‘oligarch era.’ That’s not so easy.," 29 Mar. 2021 People are in little cliques that don't like this clique, but there's very few of those. William Sanders, Arkansas Online, "Homicide rate down in NLR but up in LR so far this year," 22 Mar. 2021 Kreider is actually the most likable of the clique, as the everyman unaccustomed to his new pals' privileged lifestyle. Rachel Yang,, "Netflix's Bling Empire is warping Asian representation when it matters most: Opinion," 23 Feb. 2021 Freddie Gibbs is no stranger to putting out dope work for the clique. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "Tarriona “Tank” Ball’s Playlist is Pure Friend Goals," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of clique

1711, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2021

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“Clique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 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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