cohort (n.) early 15c., "company of soldiers," from M.Fr. cohorte (14c.) and directly from L. cohortem (nom. 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" (see CO- (Cf. co-)) + root akin to hortus "garden," from PIE *ghr-ti-, from root *gher- "to grasp, enclose" (see YARD (Cf. yard) (n.1)). Sense of "accomplice" is first recorded 1952, American English, from meaning "group united in common cause" (1719).

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