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Monday, May 05, 2014

Definitions for coterie

  1. a group of people who associate closely.
  2. an exclusive group; clique.
  3. a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow.

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Citations for coterie
The coterie world of Bloomsbury or the Strand is vicarious, but all reading provides vicarious participation in a social group. Robert DeMaria Jr., Samuel Johnson and the Life of Reading, 1997
Sturges also had a brilliant eye for finding unconventional talent, and often cast from the same coterie of quirky actors to makes his films feel textured, like a world of their own. Hampton Stevens, “‘It’s like a Hollywood Ending’: When Judd Apatow Met Graham Parker,” The Atlantic, 2012
Origin of coterie
1730-1740
Coterie is French in origin, originally used to refer to an association of tenant farmers. It entered English in the mid-1700s.