I am writing a novel and I recently discovered this word.

From my understanding, the definition sounds broad enough to be able to use this word loosely in place of co-workers.

For Example:

With everyone sitting, it was difficult to see Angie, but after a minute or two, her pretty, little head popped up between my concomitants, and I did my best to suppress my smile.

Concomitants, of course, taking the place of co-workers.

The occupation is a politician (Councilman) in a radical Christian dystopian - his co-workers, of course, are also politicians as well.

If this is not correct, I will most likely go with "colleagues" despite wanting something more unique. "Comrades" has a negative connotation to it and words like "associates" and "peers" sound too vague and bland.

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    Nobody can stop you from using this word, but if you want people to readily understand what you mean, I would advice against it. The word is rare enough by itself, and this meaning is certainly non-standard. You seem to imply that those coworkers are somehow a necessary (and negative) side effect of the character.
    – oerkelens
    Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 7:09
  • I would be very, very careful about describing a woman as having a "pretty little head." It reeks of sexism, as in "Don't you bother your pretty little head..." Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 19:07
  • You say that "the definition [of concomitant] sounds broad enough" - but what definition are you referring to? You need to expand your Q. to include that info and explain why you think that.
    – TrevorD
    Commented Apr 6, 2019 at 15:11
  • As an aside, in British English we don't use "Coworker” either!
    – TrevorD
    Commented Apr 6, 2019 at 15:14
  • I would use "colleagues," "fellow staffers," or "workmates" before I would use "concomitants" as a synonym for "co-workers."
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Apr 13, 2019 at 6:22

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Concomitant doesn't mean co-worker, but by extension, it may refer to a thing or a person that happens to be next to you in a specific time or context:

Concomitant (noun):

  • a concomitant act, person, etc

(Collins Dictionary)

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