from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, often select group of persons who associate with one another frequently.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A circle of people who associate with one another.
- n. An exclusive group of people, who associate closely for a common purpose; a clique.
- n. A communal burrow of prairie dogs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A set or circle of persons who meet familiarly, as for social, literary, or other purposes; a clique.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A set or circle of persons who are in the habit of meeting for social, scientific, or literary intercourse, or other purposes; especially, a clique.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
French, from Old French, peasant association, from cotier, cottager, from *cote, cottage, possibly of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)