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Coʹterieʹ (3 syl.)

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A French word, originally tantamount to our “guild,” a society where each paid his quotai.e. his quote-part or gild (share). The French word has departed from its original meaning, and is now applied to an exclusive set, more especially of ladies.

All coteries … it seems to me, have a tendency to change truth into affectation.”—E. C. Gaskell: Charlotte Brontë (vol. ii. chap. xi. p 47).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Cosa (plu. Cosas)
Cosmiel
Cosmopolite
Cosset
Costard
Costard
Costermonger
Cote-hardi
Cotereaux (French)
Coterie
Cotillon (co-til-yon)
Cotset
Cotswold Barley
Cotswold Lion
Cotta
Cottage Countess (The)
Cottage Orné (A) (French)
Cottys
Cotton
Cotton Lord