Definition of coterie in English:

Share this entry

coterie

Pronunciation: /ˈkōdərē/
/ˌkōdəˈrē/

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
More example sentences
  • 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’.
Synonyms
clique, set, circle, inner circle, crowd, in-crowd, band, community, gang

Origin

Early 18th century: from French, earlier denoting an association of tenants, based on Middle Low German kote 'cote'.

Words that rhyme with coterie

notary, protonotary, rotary, votary

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: co·te·rie

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Related Words