The Closing Word: Cohort

The Closing Word: CohortThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (CO-hort)

1. a band of warriors (originally a unit of a Roman Legion)
2. a company of companions or supporters
3. a group of people having approximately the same age

From “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.”

“From the first day I stepped in the office I knew the agents were a tight-knit cohort, focused on dominating the local market.”


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