- a group of people who associate closely.
- an exclusive group; clique.
- a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow.
Origin of coterie
Examples from the Web for coterie
Yet as Emily Bazelon revealed in Slate, a coterie of right-wing organizations has indeed lined up to oppose contraception itself.Do Corporations Believe in God? The ‘Hobby Lobby’ Case Has the Answer
March 22, 2014
Barbra Streisand and Denzel Washington, along with a coterie of A-listers, have sent their toddlers there.Elite America’s Summer Preschool Madness
June 23, 2013
Quick-witted, sharp-tongued, and flirtatious, Anne drew a coterie of men to her, and each would lose his head for her.Why Does Anne Boleyn Obsess Us?
April 25, 2013
While Aspinall provided the wealthy clientele, the mobsters provided a coterie of highly skilled cardsharps.Lord Lucan’s Whereabouts: The Tabloid Rebirth of a Decades-Old Crime
February 25, 2012
And President Bashar al-Assad, no doubt, sees that his coterie of regional despots is thinning out.Can the Rebels Hang On?
August 27, 2011
The event established Mary as the arbiter in her own coterie.Within the Law
These fishermen are representative of the coterie who fish for records.Tales of Fishes
It was this trial that the coterie of commanders had gathered together to discuss.The Shellback's Progress
She who only met with sympathy, who did not belong to any coterie!Artists' Wives
Cicily, my dear, I think you are well rid of that coterie of cats.Making People Happy
- a small exclusive group of friends or people with common interests; clique
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).