Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small exclusive group of friends or associates.
  • intransitive v. Informal To form, associate in, or act as a clique.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, exclusive group of individuals; cabal
  • n. A subgraph isomorphic to a complete graph.
  • n. A group of related web sites that link to each other, like a webring but with exclusive membership determined by the clique owner.
  • v. To associate together in a clannish way; to act with others secretly to gain a desired end; to plot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A narrow circle of persons associated by common interests or for the accomplishment of a common purpose; -- generally used in a bad sense.
  • intransitive v. To To associate together in a clannish way; to act with others secretly to gain a desired end; to plot; -- used with together.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form cliques or exclusive sets; associate together in cliques, usually with unworthy or selfish motives.
  • n. A party; a set; a coterie; specifically, a body or group of persons associated informally for some exclusive or intriguing purpose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

Etymologies

French, from Old French, latch or from obsolete French cliquer, to click, clink, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French clique (Wiktionary)

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