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coterie

[ koh-tuh-ree ]
/ ˈkoʊ tə ri /
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noun
a group of people who associate closely.
an exclusive group; clique.
a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow.
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Origin of coterie

First recorded in 1730–40; from French, Middle French: “an association of tenant farmers,” from Medieval Latin coter(ius) cotter2 + -ie-y3

synonym study for coterie

1. See circle.
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British Dictionary definitions for coterie

coterie
/ (ˈkəʊtərɪ) /

noun
a small exclusive group of friends or people with common interests; clique

Word Origin for coterie

C18: from French, from Old French: association of tenants, from cotier (unattested) cottager, from Medieval Latin cotārius cotter ²; see cot ²
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