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.
Origin and Etymology of coterie
French, from Medieval French, tenants, from Old French cotier cotter, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English cot hut
First Known Use: 1738
COTERIE Defined for English Language Learners
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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