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[koh-tuh-ree] /ˈkoʊ tə ri/
a group of people who associate closely.
an exclusive group; clique.
a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow.
Origin of coterie
1730-40; < French, Middle French: an association of tenant farmers < Medieval Latin coter(ius) cotter2 + -ie -y3
1. See circle. Unabridged
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  • There is always a fun-loving coterie of practical jokers in every club.
  • Speak to the significance of your ideas beyond your coterie.
  • His reliance on a coterie of compatriots provoked particular irritation.
  • One family lived in each house, often with a coterie of servants and rickshaw pullers.
  • But some new urbanists and a small coterie of architects formed a budding movement to think smaller.
  • The pooled brainpower of this coterie produced a formidable engine of war.
  • There are a coterie of frameworks designed specifically to address this problem.
  • The decision shocked a devoted coterie of investors who were convinced the remedy was a sure thing.
  • Both parties' primary systems give far too much weight to a small coterie of true believers.
  • She had a coterie of devoted friends who rivaled one another in looking after her.
British Dictionary definitions for coterie


a small exclusive group of friends or people with common interests; clique
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French: association of tenants, from cotier (unattested) cottager, from Medieval Latin cotāriuscotter²; see cot²
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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).

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