In school, kids are called peers. It's easier to say than contemporaries, but they mean the same thing. Young, old, or in-between, if people are the same age and living in the same era, they're contemporaries.

You might be wondering what the noun contemporaries has to do with the adjective contemporary, which describes things that happen at the same time or in the present. Both words share a common Latin origin — con, meaning "together with," and tempus, meaning "time." Amaze your friends at the art museum by saying, "In this contemporary gallery, the artists who created the paintings are all contemporaries."

Definitions of contemporaries
  1. noun
    all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age
    synonyms: coevals, generation
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    youth culture
    young adults (a generational unit) considered as a cultural class or subculture
    peer group
    contemporaries of the same status
    an urban youth culture associated with rap music and the fashions of African-American residents of the inner city
    youth subculture
    a minority youth culture whose distinctiveness depended largely on the social class and ethnic background of its members; often characterized by its adoption of a particular music genre
    type of:
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
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