sub·​group ˈsəb-ˌgrüp How to pronounce subgroup (audio)
: a subordinate group whose members usually share some common differential quality
: a subset of a mathematical group that is itself a group

Examples of subgroup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These differing subgroups could suggest the disease arises through a multitude of immune system pathways. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 27 Mar. 2024 And there’d be a lot of goings on in different groups and subgroups within the tail light community that were at each other’s throats, and infighting and intrigue. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 19 Mar. 2024 The messages expose multiple com subgroups and thousands of users in nearly a dozen countries on three continents. Ali Winston, WIRED, 13 Mar. 2024 The Hawaii Republican caucuses will allocate 19 delegates, distributed across various subgroups based on the statewide vote and congressional district results. Jeremy Yurow, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2024 Much of this change is due to pop culture’s reflection of the interests and trends of a society, or a particular subgroup within it. Angelique Kuiper, Rolling Stone, 29 Jan. 2024 On a recent Wednesday night, the class broke up into subgroups focused on spaces where residents experience heat: agriculture; transit; mobile homes and emergency shelters; and schools and parks. Dorany Pineda, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2024 In subgroup analyses, the researchers did not find a causal relationship between bone density and specific teas themselves, including green tea and herbal tea. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Ld, Verywell Health, 22 Mar. 2024 But among the many New Yorkers who know Mr. Deshmukh only a bit, there is a subgroup of people who know him a bit more. Joseph Bernstein, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of subgroup was in 1826

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“Subgroup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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sub·​group ˈsəb-ˌgrüp How to pronounce subgroup (audio)
: a group whose members usually share some common quality that makes them different from the other members of a larger group to which they belong

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