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clique

[kleek, klik] /klik, klɪk/
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
1705-1715
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
Related forms
cliqueless, adjective
cliquey, cliquy, adjective
cliquism, noun
subclique, noun
Can be confused
claque, clique.
click, clique.
Synonyms
1. See circle, ring1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for cliquism

clique

/kliːk; klɪk/
noun
1.
a small, exclusive group of friends or associates
Derived Forms
cliquish, adjective
cliquishly, adverb
cliquishness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French, perhaps from Old French: latch, from cliquer to click; suggestive of the necessity to exclude nonmembers
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Word Origin and History for cliquism

clique

n.

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.

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