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Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: Old French, 'group of farmers renting land', from an unrecorded Old French cotier 'someone who lives in a cottage, farmer', from Medieval Latin cotarius, from English cot; COTTAGE

coterie

noun
     
co‧te‧rie [countable] formal
a small group of people who enjoy doing the same things together, and do not like including others [↪ clique]

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