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

 

clique

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//kliːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kliːk//
 
[countable + singular or plural verb] (often disapproving)
 
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a small group of people who spend their time together and do not allow others to join them The club is dominated by a small clique of intellectuals. Word Origin early 18th cent.: from French, from Old French cliquer ‘make a noise’; the modern sense is related to claque.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: clique