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 Cotereaux (French).Cotillon (co-til’-yon) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Co’terie’ (3 syl.).
 
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.   1
        “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).
 


 Cotereaux (French).Cotillon (co-til’-yon) 

 
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