co·te·rie | \ˈkō-tə-(ˌ)rē, 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.

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Among a coterie of tiresome single women and their Bechdel Test-failing dialogue, Mabel stood out for her feisty lack of sentimentality. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "Far From the Shore, a Happy Couple Takes a Turn for the Worse," 11 June 2018 Protests spread across rural Morocco, where many feel the powerful coterie of those who enjoy royal patronage corruptly profits at the expense of the people. New York Times, "Moroccan Protest Leader Is Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison," 27 June 2018 And naturally, some of Boston’s own coterie of power players will be among them. Janelle Nanos,, "Billionaire summer camp begins in Sun Valley," 11 July 2018 Trump’s new coterie of hawkish advisers will likely be bending the president’s ear after Macron and Merkel have left. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "Europe Reveals Its Latest Strategy for Managing Trump," 24 Apr. 2018 Dinklage and Coster-Waldau will compete against a coterie of Peak TV men, from Stranger Things’ David Harbour to Handmaid’s Tale’s Joseph Fiennes., "The 2018 Emmys Love The Lannisters More Than The Starks," 12 July 2018 Sorry to Bother You’s deliberate lack of panache is sometimes a huge strength, particularly in its most chilling set piece, in which Cash is asked to rap in front of Steve and his coterie of rich hangers-on. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Is Fizzy, Flawed, and Fascinating," 6 July 2018 White House officials gave little guidance in the early hours of the order, with Trump and his coterie of senior aides in Minnesota for a rally. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, "Arguments, confusion, second-guessing: Inside Trump’s reversal on separating migrant families," 22 June 2018 Although both leaders traveled with coteries of aides to Singapore, a wealthy city-state in Southeast Asia, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Trump and Kim will first meet alone, accompanied only by interpreters. Matthew Ormseth,, "Connecticut Delegation Greets Trump And Kim's Meeting With Worry, Skepticism — And Some Hope," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of coterie

1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coterie

French, from Middle French, tenants, from Old French cotier cotter, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English cot hut

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English Language Learners Definition of coterie

: 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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