coterie

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noun co·te·rie \ˈkō-tə-(ˌ)rē, ˌkō-tə-ˈ\

Definition of coterie

  1. :  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.

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

coterie

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noun co·te·rie \ˈkō-tə-(ˌ)rē, ˌkō-tə-ˈ\

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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