Collective Noun for Cattle

What Is a Group of Cattle Called?

A group of cattle is called a herd.
Collective NounUsage
herda herd of cattle
collective noun for cattle

herd of cattle

Other Words for a Group of Cattle

While herd is the most common collective noun for cattle, a group of cattle is also called a mob, drift, or drove (when being driven).

What Type of Word is "Herd"?

The word "herd" is a collective noun. A collective noun is a word used to represent a group of people, animals, or things.

"Herd Is" or "Herd Are"?

Writers are often unsure whether to treat a collective noun like "herd" as singular or plural. As a general rule, you should treat a collective noun as singular. However, if the context of your sentence focuses on the individuals within the group, you should treat it as plural. For example:
  • The herd is moving nearer. correct tick
  • The herd are moving in different directions. correct tick
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.