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Definition of clique in English:


A small close-knit group of people who do not readily allow others to join them: his flat became a haven for a clique of young men of similar tastes the old-school clique
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.
pack, band, ring, mob, crew;
cartel, cabal, junta, caucus, cell, lobby;
Australian/New Zealand  push
informal gang, bunch
rare camarilla


Pronunciation: /ˈkliːki/
adjective (cliquier, cliquiest)
Example sentences
  • They are insular, cliquey and clannish, yet they worm their way into the highest positions of power in their adopted countries.
  • I don't mean this in an elitist or cliquey way, for there can surely be no elite or clique in Manchester.
  • Amy, 12, fell victim to her cliquey friends and admits in total embarrassment, ‘I joined in on it.’
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.
Pronunciation: /ˈkliːkɪʃnəs/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with clique

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