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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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  • The il de buf, that Paris spy or coterie of spies, did not exist for the monarch at Valence.

  • The event established Mary as the arbiter in her own coterie.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Poussin remained French in spite of Italian training, and held aloof from the coterie of Court painters.

    Chardin Paul G. Konody
  • She who only met with sympathy, who did not belong to any coterie!

    Artists' Wives Alphonse Daudet
  • And here is yet another point of the likeness to the Johnsonian coterie.

    Pickwickian Studies Percy Fitzgerald
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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