co·ter·ie (kt-r, kt-r)
A small, often select group of persons who associate with one another frequently.
[French, from Old French, peasant association, from cotier, cottager, from *cote, cottage, possibly of Germanic origin.]
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Sexton d'City preferred the coterie of Steel Magnolias.
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