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coterie

[koh-tuh-ree] /ˈkoʊ tə ri/
noun
1.
a group of people who associate closely.
2.
an exclusive group; clique.
3.
a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow.
Origin of coterie
1730-1740
1730-40; < French, Middle French: an association of tenant farmers < Medieval Latin coter(ius) cotter2 + -ie -y3
Synonyms
1. See circle.
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coterie

/ˈkəʊtərɪ/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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