Definition of coterie in English:



  • A small group of people with shared interests or tastes, especially one that is exclusive of other people.

    ‘a coterie of friends and advisers’
    • ‘No doubt the winner will be most gratified and a coterie of industry insiders will take great interest in the results.’
    • ‘Once again they are superb at building a picture of the times, especially the foment of ideas and information that found fertile ground in the coteries and cliques of Restoration coffee-shop culture.’
    • ‘How, you wonder, could she have ended up surrounding herself with a coterie of astrologers, spiritualists and lifestyle consultants?’
    • ‘A coterie of students stood close by the stairs to the beach, kicking sand at each other and taking turns leaping into the ocean.’
    • ‘The hermit's warning about marriage didn't seem to trouble him: he enjoyed a coterie of wives and survived unscathed.’
    • ‘He has numerous houses in several countries and embraces a coterie of celebrity friends.’
    • ‘Obviously, the difference was pocketed by the ruling coterie.’
    • ‘We haven't yet reached the point where the coterie begins to jump ship, but they have enough to worry about already.’
    • ‘Consequently there are situations where even legitimate facts are negated by the scientific coterie.’
    • ‘This coterie, some ministers complain, has made an otherwise accessible chief minister elusive.’
    • ‘The contestants primp and preen, surrounded by clucking coteries of friends and parents.’
    • ‘Polo has long been a favourite among the royals and their coterie, but it is increasingly accessible to mere mortals, too.’
    • ‘They are trapped with the coteries of a dying movement.’
    • ‘These are questions that are no longer restricted to a small coterie of people who are ‘interested in politics’.’
    • ‘Dynasties cannot survive without coteries, and without a belief in their own right to rule.’
    • ‘The show depends on a coterie of regular guests.’
    • ‘Each coterie defends a home territory of about one acre from surrounding coteries.’
    • ‘As it is, he has virtually become a prisoner of the coterie around him!’
    • ‘I put on an afternoon tea for my coterie of new international students, inviting former students to come along and share their wisdom.’
    • ‘Nor was it particularly funny when he turned up for their first date accompanied by a coterie of managers, friends and hangers-on.’
    clique, set, circle, inner circle, crowd, in-crowd, gang, band, pack, crew, clan, club, fellowship, brotherhood, fraternity, sorority, sect, camp, community, league, alliance, faction, cabal, junta, caucus, syndicate, nucleus, cell
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Early 18th century: from French, earlier denoting an association of tenants, based on Middle Low German kote cote.