Definition of clique in English:

clique

Syllabification: clique
Pronunciation: /klēk
 
, klik
 
/

noun

A small group of people, with shared interests or other features in common, who spend time together and do not readily allow others to join them.
More example sentences
  • I hope that you all will get to know him and allow him to join our wonderful clique.
  • In our close-knit cliques we gossip about a variety of topics even though we complain about the parents who do it.
  • At that time, he hadn't joined any of the cliques he could have, staying alone, talking to a few other guys at a minimum level.
Synonyms

Origin

early 18th century: from French, from Old French cliquer 'make a noise'; the modern sense is related to claque.

Derivatives

cliquish

adjective
More example sentences
  • They stand for upper-class, cliquish snobbery.
  • The intensity of Louis' initial physical attraction to her allowed Pompadour to adapt to the extraordinarily cliquish and exclusive atmosphere of Versailles.
  • Then around 12 or 13, kids get cliquish and cruel and that disgusted me.

cliquishness

noun
More example sentences
  • Not only would the overlapping of communities be encouraged but the cliquishness that plagues this campus will, hopefully, begin to be phased out.
  • A new social system starts, and seems delightfully free of the elitism and cliquishness of the existing systems.
  • Small world networks exhibit local cliquishness while exhibiting strong global connectivity.

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