Origin of cliqueFrench from Old French cliquer, to make a noise: of echoic origin, originally
The popular group in high school is an example of a clique.
intransitive verbcliqued, cliqu·ing, cliques Informal
Origin of cliqueFrench from Old French latch or from obsolete French cliquer to click, clink of imitative origin
- cliqu′ey cliqu′y cliqu′ish
- A small, exclusive group of individuals; cabal
- This school used to be really friendly, but now everyone keeps to their own cliques.
- (graph theory) A subgraph isomorphic to a complete graph.
- The problem of finding the largest clique in an arbitrary graph is NP-complete.
- (Internet) A group of related web sites that link to each other, like a webring but with exclusive membership determined by the clique owner.
(third-person singular simple present cliques, present participle cliquing, simple past and past participle cliqued)
- Often used in the form clique together.
- The principal members of this clique were William B.
- But the king replaced them with a new clique of servile and rapacious favourites.
- The nomination was brought about by the Cordoba clique, and Roca lacked the moral courage to oppose the decision.
- The Union Civica then decided to make a bold bid for freedom by attempting forcibly to eject Celman and his clique from office.
- In so far as these had other causes than the Anglo-Saxon love of faction, they were due to the formation by the loyalists, their descendants and hangers-on of a clique who more and more engrossed political and social power.