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[koh-tuh-ree] /ˈkoʊ tə ri/
a group of people who associate closely.
an exclusive group; clique.
a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow.
Origin of coterie
1730-40; < French, Middle French: an association of tenant farmers < Medieval Latin coter(ius) cotter2 + -ie -y3
Synonym Study
1. See circle. Unabridged
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  • The event established Mary as the arbiter in her own coterie.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • These fishermen are representative of the coterie who fish for records.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • It was this trial that the coterie of commanders had gathered together to discuss.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • She who only met with sympathy, who did not belong to any coterie!

    Artists' Wives Alphonse Daudet
  • Cicily, my dear, I think you are well rid of that coterie of cats.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
British Dictionary definitions for coterie


a small exclusive group of friends or people with common interests; clique
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French: association of tenants, from cotier (unattested) cottager, from Medieval Latin cotāriuscotter²; see cot²
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Word Origin and History for coterie

1738, from French coterie "circle of acquaintances," originally in Middle French an organization of peasants holding land from a feudal lord (14c.), from cotier "tenant of a cote" (see cottage).

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