List of Collective Nouns

100 Common Collective Nouns

Here is a list of 100 common collective nouns. The list is sortable, editable, and printable. It can be displayed as normal text or in columns (up to 4).

Just for fun, we've added game of hangman, which selects a collective noun from this list as the secret word.

Table of Contents

  • A Reminder about Collective Nouns
  • Sortable, Editable, and Printable List
  • Test Time!
  • How Are These Collective Nouns Used?
  • Learn with Hangman!

A Reminder about Collective Nouns

Collective nouns refer to a group of people, animals, or things. These nouns are unique in that they represent a singular entity made up of multiple individuals or objects. While collective nouns may seem straightforward, they can be challenging to use correctly as they can be either singular or plural depending on the context.
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Sortable, Editable, and Printable List

archipelago, armada, army, bale, band, battery, bazaar, bed, bevy, bloat, blush, board, booby, bouquet, brood, buffoonery, bunch, bundle, business, cast, celebration, cete, charm, choir, clan, class, clew, cloud, clowder, cluster, collection, colony, company, congregation, consortium, conspiracy, convocation, crash, creep, crew, crowd, den, descension, desert, down, durante, earth, fleet, flight, flock, gaggle, galaxy, gang, gaze, group, harem, herd, hive, horde, host, jury, knot, labour, leap, litter, mess, mob, murder, murmuration, muster, nest, pack, parliament, party, pod, prickle, pride, prowl, rafter, range, realm, regiment, school, scurry, shoal, siege, sloth, smack, sounder, stand, streak, string, swarm, team, tiding, tribe, troop, troupe, unkindness, wake, watch, whoop

How Are These Collective Nouns Used?

Here are some common uses for the collective nouns on this page.
  • archipelago of islands
  • armada of newts
  • army of soldiers, of ants
  • bale of turtles
  • band of gorillas, of jackdaws, of jays, of musicians, of mongooses
  • battery of guns, of hens
  • bazaar of peregrines
  • bed of oysters
  • bevy of deer, of larks, of otters, of quails
  • bloat of hippopotamuses
  • blush of robins
  • board of directors
  • booby of nuthatches
  • bouquet of flowers
  • brood of chickens, of hens, of chickens
  • buffoonery of orangutans
  • bunch of bananas
  • bundle of sticks
  • business of ferrets
  • cast of hawks
  • celebration of polar bears
  • cete of badgers
  • charm of finches (any type of finch, e.g., goldfinches)
  • choir of singers
  • clan of hyenas
  • class of students
  • clew of worms
  • cloud of blackbirds
  • clowder of cats
  • cluster of spiders
  • collection of stamps, of coins
  • colony of bats, of insects, of rabbits, of seagulls, of voles, of termites
  • company of actors, of soldiers, of parrots
  • congregation of worshippers, of egrets
  • consortium of octopuses
  • conspiracy of lemurs
  • convocation of eagles
  • crash of rhinoceroses
  • creep of tortoises
  • crew of sailors, of astronauts
  • crowd of people
  • den of snakes
  • descension of woodpeckers
  • desert of lapwings
  • down of hares
  • durante of toucans
  • earth of foxes
  • fleet of ships
  • flight of cormorants
  • flock of birds, of ducks, of goats, of ostriches, of pigeons, of sheep
  • gaggle of geese
  • galaxy of stars
  • gang of prisoners
  • gaze of raccoons
  • group of men, of women, of anything!
  • harem of seals
  • herd of cattle, of cows, of donkeys, of elephants, of giraffes, of guinea pigs, of horses, of llamas, of moose, of seals, of wrens, of zebra
  • hive of bees
  • horde of savages, of hamsters
  • host of sparrows
  • jury of peers
  • knot of frogs, of toads of frogs
  • labour of moles
  • leap of leopards
  • litter of kittens
  • mess of iguanas
  • mob of emus, of kangaroos, of rioters
  • murder of crows
  • murmuration of starlings
  • muster of peacocks
  • nest of mice, of vipers of mice
  • pack of dogs, of wolves, of lies, of cards
  • parliament of owls, or rooks of owls
  • party of friends
  • pod of dolphins, of whales, or narwhals
  • prickle of hedgehogs
  • pride of lions
  • prowl of jaguars
  • rafter of turkeys
  • range of mountains
  • realm of kingfishers
  • regiment of soldiers
  • school of sharks, of whales
  • scurry of squirrels
  • shoal of fish
  • siege of herons
  • sloth of bears
  • smack of jellyfish
  • sounder of boars
  • stand of flamingos
  • streak of tigers
  • string of ponies
  • swarm of flies, eels, insects, rats, wasps
  • team of players
  • tiding of magpies
  • tribe of natives
  • troop of apes, baboons, scouts of apes
  • troupe of artists
  • unkindness of ravens
  • wake of vultures, of buzzards
  • watch of nightingales
  • whoop of chimpanzees

Learn with Hangman!

Hangman is a classic word game. In this version, the hidden word is always a collective noun from this list. (Choose your first letter to start.)
  • Guess the hidden word by choosing one letter at a time.
  • If you guess a letter in the hidden word, then all is good.
  • If you guess a letter that is not in the hidden word, then the hangman starts to build the gallows.
  • If the gallows are completed, you lose.
  • Good luck!
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.