Definitions

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

  • n. A casual social gathering, usually for conversation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An informal social gathering, especially for the purpose of conversation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An informal group that gathers more or less frequently, especially for conversation.

Etymologies

German Klatsch, from klatschen, to gossip, make a sharp noise, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Klatsch ("gossip"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jon Pertwee's Doctor used to tell us that "Klokleda partha menin klatch" meant "Close your eyes, my darling - well, three of them at least" (see here, at about 1: 20 in).

    March Books 40) [In Search of Lost Time #5] The Prisoner and The Fugitive

  • Maria tossed her empty iced-coffee cupher fourth of the dayinto a garbage can, and together they strolled toward the edge of the pond, where Tahira was calling a klatch of people to order.

    Beautiful Disaster

  • On a more positive note, the Director extends kudos to the Animal Unit of the Psych Dept. (you folks at Psych are really in his good graces - several times during our "klatch" he was unable to suppress the urge to leap up, point at me and shout with enthusiasm, "Psych!") for their profiling of the notorious 900-pound gorilla.

    Jeff Dorchen: Just the Break in the Case we Need... Not!

  • Guess that explains why Griffin was a guest on The Talk yesterday instead of Barbara Walter's little coffee klatch, huh?

    Watercooler: Kathy Griffin Gives it to Elisabeth Hasselbeck — Again

  • If one parent discovered the other sexually abusing a child in the home where most abuse happens, I can't imagine him or her bringing the matter up in a PTA discussion or a neighborhood coffee klatch or even, sadly, going to the police.

    Sister Mary Ann Walsh: Never Has So Much Damage Been Done By So Few

  • I used to race home after school to relax and laugh along with the canned giggles on these shows plus a healthy dose of The Partridge Family, Get Smart and The Addams Family and I like to think that my mom was having a coffee klatch or a quick gin fizz with her friends in the next room, not worrying if the show Teen Mom was giving her own teens the wrong idea.

    Kathy Buckworth: The Brady Bunch Was My Reality TV

  • While the MSNBC coffee klatch is the show of the moment, the Sunday programs still own political news at the start of a new week.

    The Biz: Campaigning for Sunday Ratings

  • A friend met me at the Ocean River Sports dock at noon; 30 minutes later, we crossed the runway and bee-lined for Fisherman's Wharf, a klatch of pastel-colored houseboats and floating restaurants on the edge of the Inner Harbour.

    Victoria, By Sea

  • “You've known her a long time, then?” asks Lorna, the middle of the klatch trio.

    Virginity

  • I truly enjoy what Humphrey adds to our little klatch.

    What’s it mean to be a “good wife?” « Dating Jesus

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