Definition of Collective noun

1. Noun. A noun that is singular in form but refers to a group of people or things.

Generic synonyms: Noun

Definition of Collective noun

1. Noun. (grammar) A noun which, though singular, refers to a group of things or animals. Examples: a school of fish, a pride of lions. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Collective Noun

collection plate
collection society
collective-group name
collective agreement
collective bargaining
collective call sign
collective farm
collective group
collective investment scheme
collective investment schemes
collective noun (current term)
collective nouns
collective number
collective numbers
collective numeral
collective numerals
collective security
collective unconscious

Literary usage of Collective noun

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A New English Grammar, Logical and Historical by Henry Sweet (1903)
"SINGULAR INDIVIDUAL NOUN = collective noun. 1066. By the analogy of the old unchanged plurals such as sheep, a large number of names of animals have come to ..."

2. The Institutes of English Grammar, Methodically Arranged: With Forms of by Goold Brown (1861)
"When the antecedent is a collective noun conveying the idea of plurality, the Pronoun must agree with it in the plural number; as, "The council were divided ..."

3. Syntax of Early Latin by Charles Edwin Bennett (1914)
"collective noun used without the preposition as an Ablative of Agency : tanto ... collective noun ..."

4. A Grammar of the English Language by Samuel Stillman Greene (1873)
"The Common. The Park. 6. Under the head of common nouns are commonly reckoned collective, abstract, and verbal nouns. 7. A collective noun is one which, ..."

5. A Practical Grammar of the English Language by Noble Butler (1879)
"... blame rests on me or thee;" " He was injured by neither poverty nor riches," etc. 16. A collective noun in the singular number takes a singular verb ..."

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