cohort

1. (noun) A group of people that share a statistical or demographic characteristic.

Example: All the students in the class of 2014.

2. (noun) A group of people who are approximately the same age.

Example: Everyone born in 1979.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: cohorts
  • While the term cohort typically indicates an age group, it can mean any demographic characteristic such as people with children, people who are married, or people who have a degree in sociology.
  • A cohort based on age is technically an age cohort. and often exhibits a cohort effect.
  • In cohort studies, an inception cohort describes a group of people followed from an early and consistent point such as the onset of a disease or the first day of university.
  • Cohort used in a sentence: My classmates and I are cohorts.

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How to Cite the Definition of Cohort

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cohort.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 22, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/cohort/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

cohort. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/cohort/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cohort.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 22, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/cohort/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“cohort.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/cohort/>.