• WordNet 3.6
    • n coterie an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Coterie A set or circle of persons who meet familiarly, as for social, literary, or other purposes; a clique. "The queen of your coterie ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coterie A set or circle of persons who are in the habit of meeting for social, scientific, or literary intercourse, or other purposes; especially, a clique.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Coterie kō′te-rē a number of persons meeting familiarly for social, literary, or other purposes.
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  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Large legislative bodies resolve themselves into coteries, and coteries into jealousies.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., prob. from OF. coterie, servile tenure, fr. colier, cotter; of German origin. See 1st Cot
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.; orig. a number of peasants obtaining a joint tenure of land from a lord—Low L. cota, a hut. See Cot.


In literature:

But such coteries are like empires; they have their rise and their fall.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
There seems to be a little coterie who think no one is suitable to command except themselves.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
Jackson and his coterie still relied mainly upon inciting some form of riot in the city, which would allow Gen.
"The Struggle for Missouri" by John McElroy
She moved elsewhere from time to time, the literary coterie moving about as she moved.
"Literary New York" by Charles Hemstreet
A weaker man would have sunk into the idol of a coterie long before this.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
He is the author of a great many graphic stories about Galicia, and lives at Leipsic, surrounded by a coterie of admiring friends.
"Methods of Authors" by Hugo Erichsen
The other occupants of the room were Abby Dunbar and her immediate coterie of half a dozen friends.
"Dolly's College Experiences" by Mabel Cronise Jones
Her coteries were as gay, her circle was as complete, and her rank as high, as ever.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 368, June 1846" by Various
Portrait painters, pastellists, designers, miniaturists and women artists have felt the necessity of forming separate coteries.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
There were exclusive coteries of money manipulation to which Harrison was denied an entree.
"The Law of Hemlock Mountain" by Hugh Lundsford

In poetry:

He did not move about to hunt
The coteries of mousie-men.
He was a snail-paced, stupid thing
Until he cared to gnaw again.
"Popcorn, Glass Balls, And Cranberries" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

In fall 2006, before Barack Obama and his coterie of astute political strategists decided to launch his campaign for president, they burrowed into the polling details of the US Senate race in Tennessee that year.
'Shrek' writers delighted with Coterie 's streamlined version.
Lauren Braton is Princess Fiona and Dana Joel Nicholson is Shrek in "Shrek the Musical," at the Coterie Theatre in Crown Center.
Reworked 'Shrek' showcases fine comic performances at the Coterie .
Princess Fiona (Lauren Braton) and Shrek (Dana Joel Nicholson) sing and dance during a dress rehearsal for "Shrek the Musical" at the Coterie Theatre in Crown Center.
Coterie run set for Oct 20.
Reworked 'Shrek' showcases fine comic performances at the Coterie.
How a coterie of New Englanders—including the author—secretly funded John Brown 's raid.
And the shenanigans of his eccentric coterie are still fun, if a bit familiar and a jot more bland.
With two legislative sessions under his belt, we have learned that when you elect Bill Haslam, you elect a coterie of advisors.
Here are some style directions from some of the fashion industry's influential coterie of tastemakers.
This coterie of food purists — or puritans , perhaps — is hardly limited to New York.
Cranky Yellow chief proprietor David Wolk and his coterie of inventive spirits do a fantastic job of curating the mass of marvels in this strange Cherokee Street emporium.
Catherine D Anspon investigates year two of the acclaimed Fair, which pulls in 70 galleries worldwide and a coterie of collectors.
It's dispiriting that a film about the romantic life of Franklin D Roosevelt , who cultivated a small coterie of mistresses, should exhibit so little interest in what so engaged its hero: the actual women.