collective noun


: a noun such as "team" or "flock" that refers to a group of people or things

Examples of collective noun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rushdie stood to say hello, and Rickman commented that there should be a collective noun for their table. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2022 Duranies — the enduring collective noun for Duran Duran fans — had hoped for an on-stage reunion with Taylor and his former bandmates, the first in 17 years. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 13 Jan. 2023 Siegfried & Roy’s streak—one collective noun for a group of tigers; another is ambush—began in 1983 with the acquisition of three white cubs, imported from India via the Cincinnati Zoo. Chris Jones, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2022 There is even a funny but mean collective noun for them: a consternation of mothers-in-law. Beth Thames |, al, 4 May 2022 So what’s the correct collective noun for butterflies? Steven Litt, cleveland, 9 Jan. 2022 That means the tower's unkindness of ravens — the birds' suitably gothic collective noun — is down to seven, so perilously close to the minimum. NBC News, 14 Jan. 2021 What's the collective noun for a bunch of poets laureate in one place together? Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Dec. 2020 See More

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“Collective noun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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