in-group

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\ ˈin-ˌgrüp How to pronounce in-group (audio) \

Definition of in-group

1 : a group with which one feels a sense of solidarity or community of interests — compare out-group
2 : clique

First Known Use of in-group

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of in-group was in 1907

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“In-group.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in-group. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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in-group

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English Language Learners Definition of in-group

usually disapproving : a small group of people who share a particular interest or activity and who do not allow other people to join their group

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