Definition of coterie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkəʊtəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkoʊtəri//
[countable + singular or plural verb] (formal, often disapproving)
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a small group of people who have the same interests and do things together but do not like to include others her little coterie of friends and advisers a literary coterie He surrounded himself with an elite coterie of political advisors. His work attracted a coterie of admirers in the US. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from French, earlier denoting an association of tenants, based on Middle Low German kote ‘cote’, a shelter for mammals or birds.
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