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.
Recent Examples on the Web Everywhere it is amplified by a small but growing coterie of investors not just worried about climate change, but looking for the next big thing. The Economist, "Green with shame," 12 Dec. 2019 Shortly after Zelensky’s inauguration,, the new Ukrainian President dispatched a small coterie of advisers to Washington to lay the groundwork for an Oval Office visit. Joshua Yaffa Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "A Ukrainian Push for a White House Visit Gave Trump Leverage Over Zelensky," 28 Sep. 2019 The coterie is identified in court records as the Hapsburg Group. Matt Apuzzo, New York Times, "Mueller Accuses Paul Manafort of Attempted Witness Tampering," 4 June 2018 Run by Green’s former strength coach at U of L, Eric Hammer, the center has attracted a coterie of professional baseball players with Kentucky ties. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Why this Louisville gym is home base for the Yankees' Chad Green and MLB prospects," 23 Dec. 2019 Unlike Kael, James had less desire to lay down the law on artists, or to have a coterie of his own, than to find a tone to talk about art in a common conversation. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Clive James Got It Right," 30 Nov. 2019 Instead, Johnson conjures a coterie of modern, rich buffoons—all of them related to the successful crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), who is found stabbed on the night of his 85th birthday. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Knives Out Is No Ordinary Murder Mystery," 27 Nov. 2019 Pelosi, for her part, realized the electoral harm that had been wrought by a rabid, vindictive coterie of progressives in her party. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Do They Mean It This Time?," 30 Sep. 2019 The article helped fuel conspiracy theories that speculated Mr. Epstein may have been murdered in order to prevent him from ensnaring his coterie of rich and powerful friends into his legal woes. Azi Paybarah, New York Times, "Epstein’s Autopsy ‘Points to Homicide,’ Pathologist Hired by Brother Claims," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of coterie was in 1738

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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Coterie.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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