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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [koh-tuh-ree]
    • /ˈkoʊ tə ri/
    • /ˈkəʊ.tər.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [koh-tuh-ree]
    • /ˈkoʊ tə ri/

Definitions of coterie word

  • countable noun coterie A coterie of a particular kind is a small group of people who are close friends or have a common interest, and who do not want other people to join them. 3
  • noun coterie a small exclusive group of friends or people with common interests; clique 3
  • noun coterie a close circle of friends who share a common interest or background; clique 3
  • noun coterie a group of people who associate closely. 1
  • noun coterie an exclusive group; clique. 1
  • noun coterie a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow. 1

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Origin of coterie

First appearance:

before 1730
One of the 48% newest English words
1730-40; < French, Middle French: an association of tenant farmers < Medieval Latin coter(ius) cotter2 + -ie -y3

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Parts of speech for Coterie


coterie popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for coterie

noun coterie

  • cadre — A cadre is a small group of people who have been specially chosen, trained, and organized for a particular purpose.
  • circle — A circle is a shape consisting of a curved line completely surrounding an area. Every part of the line is the same distance from the centre of the area.
  • clique — If you describe a group of people as a clique, you mean that they spend a lot of time together and seem unfriendly towards people who are not in the group.

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