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\ ˈklik How to pronounce clique (audio) also ˈklēk How to pronounce clique (audio) \

Definition of clique

: a narrow exclusive circle or group of persons especially : one held together by common interests, views, or purposes high school cliques

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Other Words from clique

cliquey \ ˈkli-​kē How to pronounce cliquey (audio) also  ˈklē-​ How to pronounce cliquey (audio) \ adjective
cliquish \ ˈkli-​kish How to pronounce cliquish (audio) \ adjective
cliquishly adverb
cliquishness noun

Examples of clique in a Sentence

that clique refuses to even talk to outsiders at their lunch table
Recent Examples on the Web No longer were my fashion dreams relegated to the catalogue circulated by my clique like contraband. Lacy Warner, Vogue, "Growing Up Abroad, the Delia’s Catalog Was My Connection to America," 6 Nov. 2020 That Smith — winner of multiple Grammys, belter of slinky Bond themes, heedless dancer in the rain — still gladly lays claim to that clique could feel like a coy pose, a false humility to try on and discard. Leah Greenblatt,, "Sam Smith embraces pain on the lush Love Goes," 29 Oct. 2020 The prime minister of Slovenia endorsed Trump in a tweet on Friday, adding the birthplace of first lady Melania Trump to the clique of countries with leaders that have sided with the incumbent candidate. Washington Post, "Ahead of election, a handful of world leaders voice support for Trump," 27 Oct. 2020 Four additional individuals were arrested on drug charges related to what police said was a large-scale trafficking operation run by the Sitios clique to bring cocaine from New York into Virginia. Matthew Barakat, Star Tribune, "Police link random slayings in northern Virginia to MS-13," 13 Oct. 2020 Twelve members and associates of an MS-13 clique have been charged in connection with four killings in Prince William County in 2019 and a multistate drug trafficking operation, local and federal authorities announced Tuesday. Washington Post, "MS-13 members charged in ‘random’ killings of four people in Va., officials say," 13 Oct. 2020 Last season, the quarterback room was a clique, separate from the other entities. cleveland, "Why the Browns are Different This Time: Kevin Stefanski’s leadership," 9 Oct. 2020 There’s a tempting story to be told about all this: that a small clique of diabolical fossil fuel interests long ago plotted to deny the reality of global warming. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "ExxonMobil Should Not Exist," 6 Oct. 2020 The participants in the ongoing onscreen chat are a calculatedly diverse septet of Angelenos trying to maintain the cohesion of their clique telephonically. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Connecting…’ Review: A Covid-Era Comedy," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of clique

1711, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clique

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The first known use of clique was in 1711

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18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clique

disapproving : a small group of people who spend time together and who are not friendly to other people


\ ˈklēk How to pronounce clique (audio) , ˈklik \

Kids Definition of clique

: a small group of friends who are not friendly to others

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