from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A group of people with some common characteristic, especially a coterie of undesirable people.
'Monsieur,' replied the little barber, 'a plutocrat knows too well that if he mixes in that 'galere' there 's not a dog in the streets more lost than he.'
What he meant, and what Mademoiselle Valle knew he meant -- also what he knew she knew he meant -- was that a woman, who was a heartless fool, without sympathy or perception, would not have the delicacy to feel that the girl must be shielded, and might actually see a sort of ghastly joke in a story of Mademoiselle Valle's sacrosanct charge simply walking out of her enshrining arms into such a "galere" as the most rackety and adventurous of pupils could scarcely have been led into.
This word translates from the French as 'gallery.'