- a small, exclusive group of people; coterie; set.
- Informal. to form, or associate in, a clique.
Origin of clique
Examples from the Web for clique
How ironic that the Hermit Kingdom is taking the blame for our first real look inside a clique that not even Vice dares penetrate.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack
December 19, 2014
A clique of GOP lawmakers say the debt ceiling crisis is a hoax.The GOP’s Top 10 Debt Ceiling Denialists
October 7, 2013
How about the totally Beltwayized and out of touch with America clique versus the people who retain some remnants of common sense?Paul Ryan Is a Great Choice
August 8, 2012
Not surprisingly, their clique is designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations.Family of Hate
July 23, 2009
So keeping with the high school metaphor, what clique would you roll with?Jay McCarroll's Next 11 Minutes
February 20, 2009
This clique is the most variously and most curiously composed.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
I wish to leave the clique for reasons of my own, and to do this I must have money.
The "clique" will take no less than a modest fortune, hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It may be guessed that Haldimand was not a popular governor with the English clique.Canada: the Empire of the North</p>
Agnes C. Laut
Liquor was the only bond which held the clique together there.When Life Was Young
C. A. Stephens
- a small, exclusive group of friends or associates
Word Origin and History for clique
1711, "a party of persons; a small set, especially one associating for exclusivity," from obsolete French clique, originally (14c.) "a sharp noise," also "latch, bolt of a door," from Old French cliquer "click, clatter, crackle, clink," 13c., echoic. Apparently this word was at one time treated in French as the equivalent of claque (q.v.) and partook of that word's theatrical sense.