coterie

noun co·te·rie \ ˈkō-tə-(ˌ)rē , ˌkō-tə-ˈrē \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

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

  1. her coterie of fellow musicians

  2. His films are admired by a small coterie of critics.

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Origin and Etymology of coterie

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


COTERIE Defined for English Language Learners

coterie

noun

Definition of coterie for English Language Learners

  • : 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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