What Are Collective Nouns? (with Examples)

What Are Collective Nouns? (with Examples)

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

Examples of Collective Nouns

Here are some examples of collective nouns:
  • Flock
  • Crowd
  • Committee
  • Choir
  • Group
  • Team
There are lots of collective nouns. Below are some examples of the most common ones.

Common Collective Nouns Used for People

Here are some examples of common collective nouns used for people:
  • A band of musicians
  • A board of directors
  • A choir of singers
  • A class of students
  • A crowd of people
  • A gang of thieves
  • A pack of thieves
  • A panel of experts
  • A team of players
  • A troupe of dancers

Common Collective Nouns Used for Animals

Here are some examples of common collective nouns used for animals:
  • An army of ants
  • A flock of birds
  • A flock of sheep
  • A herd of deer
  • A hive of bees
  • A litter of puppies
  • A murder of crows
  • A pack of hounds
  • A pack of wolves
  • A school of fish
  • A swarm of locusts
  • A team of horses
  • A pride of lions

Common Collective Nouns Used for Things

Here are some examples of common collective nouns used for things:
  • A bouquet of flowers
  • A bunch of flowers
  • A fleet of ships
  • A forest of trees
  • A galaxy of stars
  • A pack of cards
  • A pack of lies
  • A pair of shoes
  • A range of mountains
  • A wad of notes

See Also

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