A cohort is a group of people who are around the same age, like a cohort of college students who have similar experiences and concerns.

The word cohort was originally used to describe a military unit in ancient Rome. You can see how this retains traces of the word’s origins: cohorts are bound together by similar circumstances just like a group of soldiers in a military unit. Some language purists insist that the word only describe a group, such as a cohort of accountants, but it can also refer to companions or supporters, such as “Susie and her cohorts.”

Definitions of cohort

n a band of warriors (originally a unit of a Roman Legion)

Type of:
band, circle, lot, set
an unofficial association of people or groups

n a company of companions or supporters

Type of:
a social gathering of guests or companions

n a group of people having approximately the same age

age bracket, age group
aged, elderly
people who are old collectively
young, youth
young people collectively
Type of:
(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

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