What are collective nouns? Definition and Examples

Collective Nouns are words that show a collection of things or people. In other words a group of things or people can be given a word together. Example: People – A collection of men and women.

Definition of Collective Noun

Some things that are more than one can be referred to in the plural, but we usually give them names so that we can refer to them as one. Another example team.

Examples of Collective Nouns

Animals

Group of bees – Swarm

Group of fish – Shoal or School

Group of sheep – Herd

Group of ships – Fleet

Group of birds – Flock

Group of lions – Pride

Group of wolves – Pack

Group of ants – Colony

People

Group of actors – Troupe, Company or Cast

Group of soldiers – Army

Group of musicians – Band

Group of warriors – Troop

Group of directors – Board

Group of sailors – Crew

Group of singers – Choir

Group of dancers – Group

Group of thieves – Pack

Group of players – Team

Group of delegates – Delegation

Group of judges – Panel or Bench

Objects/Things

Group of cards – Deck/Pack

Group of cigarettes – Packet

Group of mountains – Range

Group of apples – Bushel

Group of bananas – Comb

Group of grapes – Bunch

Group of flowers – Bunch or Bouquet

Group of trees – Grove or Forest

Other

Pile

crowd

navy

council

committee

senate

family

assembly

faculty

class

jury

group

audience

staff

set