- a small, exclusive group of people; coterie; set.
- Informal. to form, or associate in, a clique.
Origin of clique
- a small, exclusive group of friends or associates
Word Origin 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.