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)



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  • As far as I can see, o
    duffy & friend, we're a trio.

    March 16, 2010

  • Would we three make up a coterie?
    Asks she to he (and me).

    March 16, 2010