co·​te·​rie | \ ˈkō-tə-(ˌ)rē How to pronounce coterie (audio) , ˌkō-tə-ˈrē \

Definition of coterie

: an intimate and often exclusive group of persons with a unifying common interest or purpose a coterie of artists a coterie of astronomers

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Examples of coterie in a Sentence

her coterie of fellow musicians His films are admired by a small coterie of critics.
Recent Examples on the Web Texas is a vicious place ran by a coterie of increasingly moist and precious men. Dan Carson, Chron, "Opinion: Making fun of Texas while people are dying isn't the own you think it is," 16 Feb. 2021 The Journal of Schenkerian Studies, published under the aegis of the University of North Texas, was read by a small but intense coterie of scholars. New York Times, "Obscure Musicology Journal Sparks Battles Over Race and Free Speech," 14 Feb. 2021 Ben McKenzie plays a young Jim Gordon, who meets Bruce Wayne as a child, but this is more about origin stories for the Dark Knight’s coterie of villains than the hero himself. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best TV Shows on Netflix Right Now," 1 Feb. 2021 Or the coterie of unelected legislators-for-life better known as the Supreme Court? John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, "The Airy Abstraction of “Our Democracy”," 20 Nov. 2020 Other than his trip to Texas, Trump's public schedule has been empty, and he is said to be doing little these days besides watching television and fulminating with this coterie of loyalists about Republicans not defending him enough., "Trump isolated, angry at aides for not defending him," 13 Jan. 2021 This time, an army follows behind her, a coterie of family to cook, clean, prep and deliver, from husband Montez Wilson to three grown kids and even the daughter’s boyfriend. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Goodfellas Famous NY Pizza restaurant makes great meatballs in downtown San Antonio," 18 Dec. 2020 McEntee quickly made aggressive moves, replacing longtime staff in the personnel office with a coterie of aides in their 20s and purging officials viewed as insufficiently loyal. Josh Dawsey , Juliet Eilperin, Star Tribune, "In Trump's final days, a 30-year-old aide purges officials seen as insufficiently loyal," 13 Nov. 2020 Newsmax’s lineup is now chock-full of Fox News defectors, including hosts Rob Schmitt and Greg Kelly, as well as a coterie of other television news personalities in need of a new home. Washington Post, "Newsmax hopes conservative anger at Fox News and a few Trump tweets can boost the much smaller network," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of coterie

1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coterie

borrowed from French, "group of persons joined by a common interest," earlier, "group of peasants owing labor service or rent to a lord," going back to Middle French (Picard) "tenure of a free peasant," from cotier "peasant on a smallholding, cottar" + -erie -ery

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The first known use of coterie was in 1738

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23 Feb 2021

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“Coterie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of coterie

formal : a small group of people who are interested in the same thing and who usually do not allow other people to join the group

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