Word of the night! ;)

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coterie
KOH-tuh-ree
~noun
a group of people who associate closely.

an exclusive group; clique.

a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow.

Quotes
The coterie world of Bloomsbury or the Strand is vicarious, but all reading provides vicarious participation in a social group. 
— Robert DeMaria Jr. , Samuel Johnson and the Life of Reading , 1997 

Sturges also had a brilliant eye for finding unconventional talent, and often cast from the same coterie of quirky actors to makes his films feel textured, like a world of their own. 
— Hampton Stevens , “‘It’s like a Hollywood Ending’: When Judd Apatow Met Graham Parker,” The Atlantic , 2012 

Origin
Coterie is French in origin, originally used to refer to an association of tenant farmers. It entered English in the mid-1700s.

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