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

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 Throughout the season, Lizzo introduces her coterie of collaborators — the stylists, designers, makeup artists, photographers, artistic directors, choreographers and fitness specialists that have helped cultivate her brand of buoyant sensuality. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2022 While Hammo couldn’t pay her – 500 Startups only gave him $37,000 and three months to get Tamatem off the ground – Morgan was introduced to a coterie of investors and entrepreneurs without the trouble of starting her own company. Cyrus Farivar, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 The living standards of average Russians are less important to Mr. Putin than protecting his coterie. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 24 Feb. 2022 The Masked One and his coterie were astonished by Mobilians’ ability to rise above last year’s Carnival ceasefire and still find fellowship amid loss and lament. al, 6 Feb. 2022 Flipping through the playing-card deck of the Putin coterie, a few still boast reputations for ability and spine, like Rosneft chief Igor Sechin, Defense Minister Gen. Sergei Shoigu and central banker Elvira Nabiullina. WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 Unlike the rest of the Factory coterie, who saw Warhol as either an inscrutable god or a ticket to wealth and renown — or both — Berlin didn’t seem to crave his approval. New York Times, 18 June 2021 The museum’s founders, a coterie of admirers, initially established an ode to Poe in the interior courtyard of the Old Stone House, the city’s oldest residential structure (circa 1740). Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 The award comes with a $100,000 cash prize, a medal, and entry to a coterie of elite star architects including Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, B. V. Doshi, and the late Zaha Hadid. Anne Quito, Quartz, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Coterie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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