AskDefine | Define cohort

Dictionary Definition



1 a company of companions or supporters
2 a band of warriors (originally a unit of a Roman Legion)
3 a group people having approximately the same age [syn: age group, age bracket]

User Contributed Dictionary



From cohors (stem cohort-), perhaps via cohorte.


  • /ˈkoʊ̯.hɔɹt/ a US
  • /'kəʊ.hʊə(ɹ)t/ a UK


  1. A group of people.
  2. A demographic grouping of people, especially those in a defined age group.
  3. Any division of a Roman legion; normally of about 500 men.


group of people
demographic grouping of people
division of Roman legion

Extensive Definition

A cohort was a Roman military unit, a component of a legion. The term is now used in several different areas to denote various types of groups:
cohort in Bulgarian: Кохорта
cohort in Danish: Kohorte
cohort in German: Kohorte
cohort in Spanish: Cohorte
cohort in French: Cohorte
cohort in Dutch: Cohors
cohort in Norwegian: Kohort
cohort in Polish: Kohorta

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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