coterie (plural coteries)
- A circle of people who associate with one another.
The new junior employee joined our merry after-hours coterie.
- An exclusive group of people, who associate closely for a common purpose; a clique.
A tightly-knit coterie of executive powerbrokers made all the real decisions in the company.
2016 March 3, David Thomson, “Biggest lesson of the 2016 Oscars? The Academy should be scrapped”, in The Guardian:
- So the thought of closing the Academy is not based in malice; the action might prove enlightening and refreshing. The old club coterie has very little excuse, and its loss would leave few casualties.
- A communal burrow of prairie dogs.
The coterie was located in the middle of our wheat field.
2000, Edward O. Wilson, Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, page 473:
- The population of each coterie constantly changes over a period of a few months or years, by death, birth, and emigration. But the coterie boundary remains about the same, being learned by each prairie dog born into it.
2001, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, The Emperor's Embrace: The Evolution of Fatherhood:
- The odd part of prairie dog life is that this friendly state exists only among the members of each coterie, and does not extend between coteries.
2009, Miriam Aronin, The Prairie Dog's Town: A Perfect Hideaway, page 22:
- The Town Grows Young prairie dogs in a coterie are brothers and sisters. They have the same father and sometimes the same mother. To find a mate from a different family, young prairie dogs must travel to a new area.
circle of associates
exclusive group — see clique