cohort

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
  1. noun
    a band of warriors (originally a unit of a Roman Legion)
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    type of:
    band, circle, lot, set
    an unofficial association of people or groups
  2. noun
    a company of companions or supporters
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    type of:
    company
    a social gathering of guests or companions
  3. noun
    a group of people having approximately the same age
    synonyms: age bracket, age group
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    types:
    aged, elderly
    people who are old collectively
    young, youth
    young people collectively
    type of:
    people
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
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