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

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And again, [these subgroups of Twitter users] are never the majority. Aja Romano, Vox, "The new troll: how bots and puppets make internet outrage seem louder than it is," 24 Oct. 2018 Regularly, when the stage is held by subgroups of dancers, a four-man, one-woman arrangement here, a set of 10 there, their recurring gestures and actions are not distinctive enough to command the viewers’ attention more than passingly. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘The Six Brandenburg Concertos’ Review: Falling Short of Bach," 5 Oct. 2018 Clinton won this subgroup on the way to carrying every Midwest state but Indiana. Harry Enten, CNN, "It makes perfect sense that Roseanne is a Trump voter," 29 Mar. 2018 But the poll also shows that the numbers are different among subgroups. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Republicans Court Asian Voters With a New Message: End Affirmative Action," 1 Nov. 2018 The polling shows Newsom won nearly every subgroup the Democrats competed for — liberal and moderate Democrats, across age groups, education attainment levels and in each area of the state. Phil Willon,, "Poll finds Newsom has a commanding lead over Cox in California governor's race," 19 June 2018 Suoga, home to a subgroup of Miao who make elaborate wigs from the hair of their ancestors, is a two-hour drive south of the city. Zandie Brockett, Condé Nast Traveler, "China's Southern Guizhou Region Is Like a Land Lost in Time," 24 Aug. 2018 Neosauropods are a subgroup of sauropods—all members of these groups had traits like thick, column-like legs, lengthy necks, small heads, and grew to massive sizes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New 'Amazing Dragon' Dinosaur Upends What We Thought We Knew About Sauropods," 26 July 2018 This subgroup split fairly evenly between those who prioritize defending Taiwan’s sovereignty (52 percent) and those who believe in improving cross-strait economic ties (48 percent). Alastair Iain Johnston, Washington Post, "Beijing wants Taiwanese to identify as Chinese. But how do Taiwanese really feel?," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of subgroup

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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