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 Dictionary entry overview: What does clique mean? 

CLIQUE (noun)
  The noun CLIQUE has 1 sense:

1. an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

  Familiarity information: CLIQUE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CLIQUE (noun)

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An exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

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Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects


clique; coterie; ingroup; inner circle; camp; pack

Hypernyms ("clique" is a kind of...):

band; circle; lot; set (an unofficial association of people or groups)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "clique"):

Bloomsbury Group (an inner circle of writers and artists and philosophers who lived in or around Bloomsbury early in the 20th century and were noted for their unconventional lifestyles)

galere; rogue's gallery (a coterie of undesirable people)

faction; sect (a dissenting clique)

maffia; mafia (any tightly knit group of trusted associates)

junta; military junta (a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power)

cabal; camarilla; faction; junto (a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue)

loop (an inner circle of advisors (especially under President Reagan))

kitchen cabinet (an inner circle of unofficial advisors to the head of a government)

bohemia (a group of artists and writers with real or pretended artistic or intellectual aspirations and usually an unconventional life style)

hard core (the most dedicated and intensely loyal nucleus of a group or movement)

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