A collective noun is a term we use to call groups so that we can refer to them as a single unit. For example, pack or gang are collective nouns. However, certain grouping are given some more interesting and often amusing names. Below are some example of a collective noun:
- A herd of cattle
- A troupe of dancers
These collective nouns are not derived from any formal rules. Instead, they have developed over hundreds of years from terms that have captured peoples imagination, with the most successful terms being added to everyday language.
Many of the collective nouns center on groupings of people, such as profession or family roles. For example:
- A team of a athletes
- A staff of employees
- A cruft of hackers
For more examples, see the list of common nouns for people.
Groups of animals are another popular subject for collective nouns. Some examples are given below:
- A sloth of beavers
- A business of ferrets
- A crash of rhinoceroses
See more examples of animals collective nouns .
Collective nouns can also apply to objects and other things. For example:
- A bunch of bananas
- A network of computers
- A hailstorm of gunships
See more examples of these miscellaneous collective nouns.