work group


variants or workgroup
plural work groups or workgroups
: a group of people who work together: such as
: an organized group of coworkers within a business or other organization
Thousands of unpaid amateurs joined him and then eventually organized into work groups.Mattathias Schwartz, New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2011
During the first lunch, he sought employees' reaction to the company's recent wave of downsizings, which had included their work group.Joan E. Rigdon, Wall Street Journal, 10 Aug. 1994
: working group
… a psychiatry professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and head of the APA [American Psychiatric Association] work group on sexual disorders for the latest edition of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders …Betsy Morris, Fortune, 10 May 1999

Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of work group was in 1912

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“Work group.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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