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.

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And a coterie that still constitutes about 70 percent of Taylor Mac’s following. Jonathan Takiff,, "Taylor Mac: The drag queen who could change your life," 11 June 2018 The current government has replaced the coterie of civilian businesspeople and party loyalists who surrounded Mr. Mubarak with a regime dominated by the military. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Eight Years After Egypt’s Uprising, a New Autocrat Is Determined Not to Permit a Sequel," 25 Jan. 2019 Last night, the designer and Clase Azul toasted Sharp Objects stars (and nominees) Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson by bringing together a chic coterie at her Rodeo Drive flagship. Vogue, "Tory Burch Toasts Sharp Objects’s Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson Ahead of the Golden Globes," 5 Jan. 2019 The following year the family relocated once more—to Woodland, Washington, where Jen bragged of their greenhouse, a coterie of farm animals, and the nature that enveloped their home. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 1: Fear," 4 Dec. 2018 Members are trailed by a coterie of (mostly young) staffers, all of whom work slavishly long hours for minimal pay -- in support of their dream of making it -- or making a difference -- in politics. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Eric Schneiderman is the latest male politician to totally disappoint us," 8 May 2018 Now, with today’s anticipated opening of Mallett’s first New York location—tucked away on the fifth floor of Laure Hériard Dubreuil’s concept shop the Webster Soho—his coterie of loyalists finally has a new place to call home. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Master of French-Girl Hair Opens His First New York Salon," 16 Oct. 2018 Such was the case for a coterie of wine-swirling physicists. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Swirling your wine is not pretentious; it’s just good physics," 25 Aug. 2018 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

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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

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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