A collective noun is a word that refers to the name of a group of people, things, or other objects. For example, you would call a group of musicians a band, a group of flowers a bouquet. Similarly, there are many things that have a group and the same group has a name.
Collective Noun Examples
Here we are sharing some collective noun examples so that you can understand this noun properly.
Collective Noun Examples for People
The collective nouns for people refer to the name of the group or collection of persons. The person can be a man, woman, boy, girl, or any profession.
1. Group of Actors: Cast
Usage: a cast of actors
There were many renowned cast in the film.
2. Group of crooks: A bunch
Usage: a bunch of crooks
Never trust a bunch of crooks.
3. Group of dancers: Troupe
Usage: A troupe of dancers
No one is less than anyone in the troupe of dancers.
4. Group of directors: Board
Usage: Board of directors
The board of directors takes good decisions for the company.
5. Group of employees: Staff
Usage: a staff of employees
I have very good staff in my company.
6. Group of musicians: Band
Usage: A band of musicians
The band played good music.
7. Group of people: Crowd
Usage: A crowd of people
The whole crowd is looking at him.
8. Group of sailors: Crew
Usage: A crew of sailors
A crew of sailors is returning after catching fish from the sea.
Collective Noun Examples for Animals
The collective nouns for animals refer to the name of the group or collection of animals.
1. Group of tigers: streak/ambush
Usage: Streak of tigers/ambush of tigers
I felt very happy after seeing the streak of tigers in the zoo.
I felt very happy after seeing the ambush of tigers in the zoo.
2. Group of gorillas: Troop/band
Usage: A troop of gorillas or a band of gorillas
I saw a troop of gorillas in the movie today.
I saw a band of gorillas in the movie today.
3. Group of hyenas: cackle/pack/clan
Usage: a cackle of hyenas/a pack of hyenas/a clan of hyenas
I get scared seeing the cackle of hyenas.
I get scared seeing a pack of hyenas.
I get scared seeing a clan of hyenas.
4. Group of buffalos: herd/troop/gang
Usage: a herd of buffalos/a troop of buffalos/a gang of buffalos
I saw a herd of buffalos eating grass.
I saw a troop of buffalos eating grass.
I saw a gang of buffalo eating grass.
5. Group of dogs: pack
Usage: a pack of dogs
When I was returning home a pack of dogs started barking at me.
6. Group of camels: herd/Caravan/flock
Usage: A herd of camels
If many camels are not in a line, that is, moving here and there, then there a herd of camels will be used.
I saw a herd of camels in a documentary movie.
If many camels are in a line, then there a caravan of camels will be used.
I saw a caravan of camels in a documentary movie.
A flock of camels can be used in both positions.
I saw a flock of camels in a documentary movie.
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Collective Noun Examples for Things
The collective nouns for things refer to the name of the group or collection of things.
1. Group of keys: a bunch
Usage: a bunch of keys
I have a bunch of keys to this house.
2. Collection of photographs: Album
Usage: An album of photographs
I want to see the album of your marriage.
3. Collection of poems: An Anthology
Usage: An anthology of poems
I really enjoyed reading your anthology.
4. Group of flowers: bouquet/bunch
Usage: A bouquet of flowers/bunch of flowers
I had taken a bouquet to my friend’s wedding.
5. Group of sticks: bundle
Usage: a bundle of sticks
He has kept a bunch of sticks to beat the children.
6. Collection of drawers: Chest
Usage: A chest of drawers
I need a big chest of drawers for my office work.
7. Group of trees: forest
Usage: a forest of trees
There is a forest of trees in my garden which produce sweet fruits.
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