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In ancient times, a cohort was a military unit, one of ten divisions in
a Roman legion. The term passed into English in the 15th century, when
it was used in translations and writings about Roman history. Once cohort
became established in our language, its meaning was extended, first to
refer to any body of troops, then to any group of individuals with
something in common, and later to a single companion. Some usage
commentators have objected to this last sense because it can be hard to
tell whether the plural refers to different individuals or different
groups. The "companion" sense is well established in standard use,
however, and its meaning is clear enough in such sentences as "her
cohorts came along with her to the game."
Examples of COHORT
"A cohort of chambermaids would descend twice daily with mops, brooms, and fresh towels in tow."
— Doone Beale, Gourmet, April 1989
"But among those aged 65 to 74 years old, more than three-quarters had
registered and 70 percent voted—a proportion that dropped only slightly
in older cohorts."
— Paula Span, The New York Times, 28 Nov. 2017
Name That Synonym
Fill in the blanks to complete a synonym of cohort meaning "companion, colleague": c _ _ p _ _ r _ _ t.