clique

[kleek, klik]
noun
1.
a small, exclusive group of people; coterie; set.
verb (used without object), cliqued, cliquing.
2.
Informal. to form, or associate in, a clique.

Origin:
1705–15; < French, apparently metaphorical use of Middle French clique latch, or noun derivative of cliquer to make noise, resound, imitative word parallel to click1

cliqueless, adjective
cliquey, cliquy, adjective
cliquism, noun
subclique, noun

1. claque, clique ; 2. click, clique.


1. See circle, ring1.
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clique (kliːk, klɪk)
 
n
a small, exclusive group of friends or associates
 
[C18: from French, perhaps from Old French: latch, from cliquer to click; suggestive of the necessity to exclude nonmembers]
 
'cliquish
 
adj
 
'cliquishly
 
adv
 
'cliquishness
 
n

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clique
1711, from Fr. clique, from O.Fr. cliquer "to make a noise," echoic. Apparently this word was at one time treated as the equivalent of claque.
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clique definition

mathematics
A maximal totally connected subgraph. Given a graph with nodes N, a clique C is a subset of N where every node in C is directly connected to every other node in C (i.e. C is totally connected), and C contains all such nodes (C is maximal). In other words, a clique contains all, and only, those nodes which are directly connected to all other nodes in the clique.
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Example sentences
He even had his clique of dog-friends that he played with.
But there is little agreement on whether the group was a genuinely sinister
  collection of officers or merely a peculiar clique.
His team now gets together regularly for fun, as if they were a clique of
  college friends.
It's not simply that different students are in cliques because they fit in with
  others in the clique.
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