collective noun

noun Grammar a count noun that denotes a group of individuals (e.g. assembly, family, crew).
Usage
A collective noun can be used with either a singular verb (my family was always hard-working) or a plural verb (his family were disappointed in him). Generally speaking, in Britain it is more usual for collective nouns to be followed by a plural verb while in the US the opposite is true.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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  • collective noun — 1. A collective noun is one that is singular in form and denotes a number of individuals, for example audience, choir, committee, flock, multitude. Apart from the names of individual animals, birds, etc. (deer, grouse, sheep, trout) and names for …   Modern English usage

  • collective noun — collective nouns N COUNT A collective noun is a noun such as family or team that refers to a group of people or things …   English dictionary

  • collective noun — noun a noun that is singular in form but refers to a group of people or things • Hypernyms: ↑noun * * * noun, pl ⋯ nouns [count] technical : a word (such as family or herd) that names a group of people or things * * * colˌlective ˈnoun… …   Useful english dictionary

  • collective noun — ► NOUN ▪ a noun that denotes a group of individuals (e.g. assembly, family) …   English terms dictionary

  • Collective noun — In linguistics, a collective noun is a word used to define a group of objects, where objects can be people, animals, emotions, inanimate things, concepts, or other things. For example, in the phrase a pride of lions , pride is a collective noun.… …   Wikipedia

  • collective noun — Gram. a noun, as herd, jury, or clergy, that appears singular in formal shape but denotes a group of persons or objects. [1510 20] Usage. Whether a COLLECTIVE NOUN, which is singular in form, is used with a singular or plural verb depends on… …   Universalium

  • collective noun — collec′tive noun′ n. gram. use a noun, as herd, jury, or clergy, that appears singular in formal shape but denotes a group of individuals or objects • Etymology: 1510–20 usage: Whether a collective noun will be used with a singular or plural verb …   From formal English to slang

  • collective noun — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms collective noun : singular collective noun plural collective nouns linguistics a noun that refers to a group of people and is followed by a singular or plural verb, for example team or family …   English dictionary

  • collective noun — noun A noun which, though singular, refers to a group of things or animals. Examples: a school of fish, a pride of lions. Syn: noun of assemblage, noun of multitude …   Wiktionary

  • collective noun — noun (C) technical a noun, such as committee or family , that is the name of people or things considered as a unit …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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