sub·​group | \ ˈsəb-ˌgrüp How to pronounce subgroup (audio) \

Definition of subgroup

1 : a subordinate group whose members usually share some common differential quality
2 : a subset of a mathematical group that is itself a group

Examples of subgroup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The five groups involved, each with different subgroups, were bishops, traditionalists, progressives, centrists and central conference members who are located outside the United States. Danae King,, "Ohio Methodist leader among those involved in creating plan to split over gay marriage," 3 Jan. 2020 Ward pointed to the South's higher populations of African-Americans and low-income subgroups, which are both more likely to be obese. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Study: Nearly half U.S. residents to be 'obese' in 2030, 1 in 4 to have 'severe obesity'," 19 Dec. 2019 Blue Ribbon Schools either have the highest levels of student achievement in their state or have made the most progress in closing achievement gaps between subgroups, such as students of different races. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Colorado K-12 news in brief: 5 schools honored, study finds preschool benefits, and more," 8 Oct. 2019 The movie is full of stereotypes, actively offensive toward nearly every American subgroup, and occasionally disgusting—at one point, pageant hopefuls, hanging over hotel balconies, vomit pink globs of shellfish en masse. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "“Drop Dead Gorgeous,” Which Is Finally Streaming, Is Possibly My Favorite Movie of All Time," 5 July 2019 Other work developed algorithms to improve fairness for subgroups in health care spending formulas. Sherri Rose, STAT, "Machine learning for clinical decision-making: pay attention to what you don’t see," 12 Dec. 2019 In regard to results for subgroups of students, there continue to be achievement gaps. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, "State's 4th, 8th grade Report Card scores still lag," 30 Nov. 2019 Of the different political party subgroups, Democrats showed the greatest change from the last poll, the release notes. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Support For Impeaching Donald Trump Grows, New Poll Shows," 1 Oct. 2019 The Trump administration sanctioned people associated with Lazarus and the two of its subgroups 10 days ago. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Busy North Korean hackers have new malware to target ATMs," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of subgroup

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2020

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“Subgroup.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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