peer group

noun
a group of people, usually of similar age, background, and social status, with whom a person associates and who are likely to influence the person's beliefs and behavior.

Origin:
1940–45

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peer group
 
n
a social group composed of individuals of approximately the same age

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peer group definition


A group of people who share certain social characteristics, such as age, class, occupation, or education, and interact on a level of equality. An individual may be a member of several peer groups, including friends, schoolmates, and coworkers. Peer groups are important in socialization, as individuals attempt to conform to the expectations of their peer groups. (See conformity and peer pressure.)

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Example sentences
Negative peer group and school situations may lessen those influences, as in my
  case.
He often appealed to a peer group he knew well-college presidents-to keep
  college athletics on track.
She was my peer group, and she was hitting notes all over the place.
She credits her values, her peer group and her parents.
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