noun (plural coteries)
A small group of people with shared interests or tastes, especially one that is exclusive of other people: a coterie of friends and advisers
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- Once again they are superb at building a picture of the times, especially the foment of ideas and information that found fertile ground in the coteries and cliques of Restoration coffee-shop culture.
- The contestants primp and preen, surrounded by clucking coteries of friends and parents.
- These are questions that are no longer restricted to a small coterie of people who are ‘interested in politics’.
early 18th century: from French, earlier denoting an association of tenants, based on Middle Low German kote 'cote'.