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1422, from L. cohortem, acc. of cohors "enclosure," meaning extended to "infantry company" in Roman army (a tenth part of a legion) through notion of "enclosed group, retinue," from com- "with" + hortus "garden." Sense of "accomplice" is first recorded 1952, Amer.Eng. ///


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Cohort \Co"hort\, n. [L. cohors, prop. an inclosure: cf. F.
cohorte. See {Court}, n.]
1. (Rom. Antiq.) A body of about five or six hundred
soldiers; the tenth part of a legion.
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2. Any band or body of warriors.
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With him the cohort bright
Of watchful cherubim. --Milton.
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3. (Bot.) A natural group of orders of plants, less
comprehensive than a class.
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