V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: an often exclusive circle of persons who associate for a special purpose

Synonyms: association, clique, comradeship, order, society, cadre, gang, brotherhood, sisterhood


Tips: The original Coterie was a fashionable and famous set of English aristocrats and intellectuals of the 1910s, popularly written about in magazines and newspapers of the period. Think, a place to hang your coat and be a part of a brotherhood.

Usage Examples:

The writers' coterie was dumbfounded when one of their own suggested attending a professional wrestling match together. (clique, order)

The sorority became the college freshman's coterie of choice. (sisterhood, society)

I was admitted to the coterie after being sponsored by a friend who was already a member. (society, cadre)

The International Olympic Committee is a coterie of exclusive membership. (association, society)

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