E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Coterie (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.
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).