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Collective nouns

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Here on this page, we discuss collective nouns and this page would help you to know about common collective nouns which is a type of noun.

Collective nouns are used to describe the groups of people, animals or things.

The collective noun is known as a subset of count nouns. Because they refer to a group of countable nouns as a single collective unit.

Collective nouns can also have a plural form.

Example:

Family’ is a collective noun. ‘Families’ is the plural form of family.

Example: Crowd of people, the herd of cows, a bunch of grapes, the flock of birds, department of technology, the string of pearls, the firm of lawyers, a cup of tea, the shoal of fish.

Let’s look at the common collective noun used to denote things, places, people, and animals.

Common collective nouns for things and places

  • Agenda of tasks
  • Alliance of countries
  • Anthology of poem
  • Armada of ships
  • Array of magazines
  • Atlas of maps
  • Babel of words
  • Bale of cotton
  • Band of brothers
  • Bank of circuits
  • Bank of monitors
  • Batch of DVDs
  • Batch of bread
  • Battery of guns
  • Block of flats
  • Bucket of water
  • Book of exercises
  • Bowl of cereal
  • Box of chocolate
  • Box of cigars
  • Bunch of flowers
  • Board of directors
  • Bundle of sticks
  • Choir of singers
  • Case of soda
  • Cast of clowns
  • Catalogue of goods
  • Cellar of wine
  • Chain of mountains/range of mountains
  • Class of students
  • Cluster of stars
  • Clutch of eggs
  • Committee of specialists/experts
  • Company of dancers
  • Confederation of states/union of states
  • Crowd of people
  • Cup of tea
  • Department of technology
  • Deck of cards
  • Family of trees
  • Fleet of ships
  • Fleet of lorries
  • Firm of lawyers
  • Flight of stairs
  • Galaxy of stars
  • Gallery of pictures
  • Gang of bandits
  • Glossary of words
  • Group of fans
  • Group of islands / Chain of islands
  • Heap of sand
  • Jury of peers
  • Library of books
  • List of names
  • Line of cars
  • Museum of art
  • Nest of rumours
  • Network of computers
  • Network of roads
  • Packet of salt
  • Pack of cards
  • Pair of shoes
  • Palette of colors
  • Pile of garbage
  • Rabble of remedies
  • Ring of keys
  • Stack of hay
  • Series of events
  • Set of tools
  • Sheaf of arrows
  • Shower of rain
  • Society of people
  • String of pearls
  • Tub of water
  • Vault of money
  • Whirl of windmills

Words used to denote groups of people

  • Association
  • Band
  • Body
  • Bunch
  • Class
  • Cohort
  • Company
  • Crowd
  • Gang
  • Group
  • Lot
  • Mass
  • Party
  • Posse
  • Set
  • Society
  • Squad
  • Staff
  • Team
  • Tribe

Collective nouns for people

  • A crew of sailors
  • A flight of dancers
  • A troupe of actors
  • A board of directors
  • A bevy of beauties
  • A congregation of churchgoers
  • A mob of rioters
  • A unit of soldiers
  • A conflagration of arsonists
  • Conjunction of arsonists
  • A coven of witches
  • A den of thieves
  • A glitter of generals
  • A host of angels
  • A phalanx of flutists
  • A rage of maidens
  • A quiz of teachers
  • A slate of candidates
  • A sprig of vegetarians
  • A tabernacle of bankers
  • A thought of barons
  • A wheeze of joggers
  • An attitude of teenagers
  • An illusion of magicians

Collective nouns for animals

  • A cackle of hyenas
  • A shrewdness of apes
  • A raft of otters
  • A coterie of prairie dogs
  • An ambush of tigers
  • A rout of wolves
  • A yoke of oxen
  • A pride of lions
  • Troop of chimpanzees
  • A dazzle of zebras / A herd of zebras / A zeal of zebras
  • A barrel of monkeys
  • A memory of elephants
  • A mob of kangaroos
  • A wisdom of wombats
  • A stubbornness of rhinoceroses
  • A skulk of foxes
  • A sleuth of bears
  • A scurry of squirrels
  • A tribe of goats
  • A clutch of rabbits
  • Destruction of cates (wild cats)
  • A clowder of cats (domestic cats)
  • A prickle of porcupines
  • A gaze of raccoons
  • A business of ferrets
  • A battery of barracudas
  • A run of salmon
  • A gam of whales
  • A shiver of sharks
  • A fever of stingrays
  • A family of sardines
  • A hover of trout
  • A bale of turtles
  • A harem of seals
  • A rhumba of rattlesnakes
  • A walk of snails
  • A bunch of worms
  • A murder of crows
  • A wake of vultures
  • a descent of woodpeckers
  • A muster of storks
  • A pod of pelicans
  • A skein of geese / A gaggle of geese
  • A flock of ducks
  • Flight of doves
  • An exaltation of larks
  • A mutation of thrush
  • A parliament of owls
  • A charm of hummingbirds
  • A flamboyance of flamingos
  • A siege of herons
  • A flutter of butterflies / a kaleidoscope of butterflies
  • A scold of jays
  • A covey of quail
  • A scourge of mosquitoes
  • A brood of chickens
  • A hive of bees

 

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