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Collective Noun

Collective Noun
Written by Rakesh Kumar

Collective Noun


Collective Noun: – In this section we will read about Collective Noun in English and what are the examples of this in English, we will read in detail about all these.


In the previous post we have read in detail about Phrasal Verbs with Look”.


Definition of Collective Nouns:-

If you are looking to name a group of things whilst speaking or writing in the English language, you are going to need to use a collective noun.

This is a type of noun that we see very often in the language and it is important that you are aware of how they function within a sentence.


In this post we are going to be looking at the various different collective nouns as well as the rules surrounding their use. This will give more a greater sense of confidence when using them in your spoken and written communications.


What is a Collective Noun?


A collective noun refers to a group of people, animals or a collection of things taken as a whole.


Collective nouns examples:


No.-1. What is a group of girls called?

Ans:- A bevy of girls, a giggle of girls

No.-2. What is a group of boys called?

Ans:- A blush of boys, a rascal of boys

No.-3. What is a group of cats called?

Ans:- A glaring of cats, a cluster of cats, a clutter of cats

No.-4. What is a group of ferrets called?

Ans:- A business ferrets, a cast of ferrets

No.-5. What is a group of giraffes called?

Ans:- A journey of giraffes, a herd of giraffes, a tower of giraffes


English grammar collective nouns list


Collective Nouns List:-

Learn an extensive list of collective nouns in English with example sentences and ESL printable worksheets to increase your English vocabulary.


collective noun list:

Group Name – Herd:-

No.-1. A herd of antelope

No.-2. A herd of boar

No.-3. A herd of buffaloes

No.-4. A herd of caribou

No.-5. A herd of cattle

No.-6. A herd of chamois

No.-7. A herd of chinchillas

No.-8. A herd of cows

No.-9. A herd of cranes

No.-10. A herd of deer

No.-11. A herd of donkeys

No.-12. A herd of elephants

No.-13. A herd of elk

No.-14. A herd of fairies

No.-15. A herd of giraffes

No.-16. A herd of gnus

No.-17. A herd of goats

No.-18. A herd of horses

No.-19. A herd of llamas

No.-20. A herd of moose

No.-21. A herd of oxen

No.-22. A herd of pigs

No.-23. A herd of ponies

No.-24. A herd of sea horses

No.-25. A herd of seals

No.-26. A herd of swans

No.-27. A herd of swine

No.-28. A herd of walruses

No.-29. A herd of whales

No.-30. A herd of wolves

No.-31. A herd of wrens

No.-32. A herd of yaks

No.-33. A herd of zebras


Group Name “Pack”

Collective nouns list:

No.-1. A pack of bears (polar bears)

No.-2. A pack of coyotes

No.-3. A pack of dogs

No.-4. A pack of grouse

No.-5. A pack of gulls

No.-6. A pack of hounds

No.-7. A pack of mongooses

No.-8. A pack of mules

No.-9. A pack of rats

No.-10. A pack of sharks

No.-11. A pack of stoats

No.-12. A pack of weasels

No.-13. A pack of wolves


Animal collective nouns list


Group Name “Flock”

Collective nouns list:

No.-1. A flock of birds

No.-2. A flock of bustards

No.-3. A flock of camels

No.-4. A flock of chickens

No.-5. A flock of ducks

No.-6. A flock of geese

No.-7. A flock of goats

No.-8. A flock of parrots

No.-9. A flock of pigeons

No.-10. A flock of seagulls

No.-11. A flock of sheep

No.-12. A flock of swifts

No.-13. A flock of tourists

No.-14. A flock of turkeys


Group Name “Swarm”

Collective nouns list:

No.-1. A swarm of ants

No.-2. A swarm of bees

No.-3. A swarm of butterflies

No.-4. A swarm of eels

No.-5. A swarm of flies

No.-6. A swarm of gnats

No.-7. A swarm of insects

No.-8. A swarm of rats


Group Name “Shoal”

Collective noun examples:

No.-1. A shoal of bass

No.-2. A shoal of fish

No.-3. A shoal of herrings

No.-4. A shoal of pilchards

No.-5. A shoal of salmon


Group Name “Group”

Collective nouns list:

No.-1. A group of guinea pigs

No.-2. A group of islands

No.-3. A group of people

No.-4. A group of dancers

No.-5. A group of engineers


Group Name “Crowd”

Collective noun examples:

No.-1. A crowd of onlookers

No.-2. A crowd of people


Group Name “Gang”

Collective nouns list:

No.-1. A gang of hoodlums

No.-2. A gang of laborers

No.-3. A gang of slaves

No.-4. A gang of thieves

No.-5. A gang of criminals

No.-6. A gang of crooks

No.-7. A gang of hoodlums

No.-8. A gang of prisoners


Group Name “Mob”

Collective nouns list:

No.-1. A mob of emus

No.-2. A mob of kangaroos

No.-3. A mob of meerkats

No.-4. A mob of thieves

No.-5. A mob of sheep

No.-6. A mob of kangaroos

No.-7. A mob of rioters



Collective nouns list for animals


Group Name “Staff”

Group names examples:

No.-1. A staff of employees

No.-2. A staff of servants


Group Name “Crew”

Group names examples:

No.-1. A crew of sailors


Group Name “Choir”

Group names examples:

No.-1. A choir of angels


Group Name “Orchestra”

Group names examples:

No.-1. An orchestra of musicians


Group Name “Panel”

Group names examples:

No.-1. A panel of experts


Group Name “Board”

Group names examples:

No.-1. A board of directors

No.-2. A board of trustees

No.-3. A board of chess players


Group Name “Troupe”

Collective nouns list:

No.-1. A troupe of monkeys

No.-2. A troupe of shrimp

No.-3. A troupe of dancers

No.-4. A troupe of minstrels

No.-5. A troupe of performers


Group Name “Bunch”

Group names examples:

No.-1. A bunch of seals

No.-2. A bunch of pigeons


Group Name “Pile”

Group names examples:

No.-1. A pile of books


Group Name “Heap”

Group names examples:

No.-1. heap of trash


Group Name “Set”

Group names examples:

No.-1. A set of bowls

No.-2. A set of utensils


Group Name “Stack”

Group names examples:

No.-1. A stack of books


Group Name “Series”

Group names examples:

No.-1. A series of events

No.-2. A series of photos


Group Name “Shower”

Group names examples:

No.-1. A shower of bastards


Group Name “Fall”

Group names examples:

No.-1. A fall of lambs

No.-2. A fall of woodcock


Common collective nouns list for people, animals and things in English in one table. In English, collective nouns for people are names for a number or a collection of people.


Collective nouns list of animals


List of collective nouns for people in English:-

No.-1. A circle of friends

No.-2. A class of pupils

No.-3. A horde of savages

No.-4. A host of angels

No.-5. A house of senators

No.-6. A joint of osteopaths

No.-7. A lie/An equivocation of politicians

No.-8. A line of kings/rulers

No.-9. A melody of harpists

No.-10. A mess/An execution of officers

No.-11. A meter of percussionists

No.-12. A mob of rioters

No.-13. A morbidity of majors

No.-14. A mug/A reflection of narcissists

No.-15. A multiply/An unhappiness of husbands

No.-16. A mutter of mothers-in-law

No.-17. A wisdom of grandparents

No.-18. A number/A set of mathematicians

No.-19. A pack of Brownies

No.-20. A pack of thieves

No.-21. A pan of reviewers

No.-22. A panel of experts

No.-23. A party of friends

No.-24. A patrol of policemen

No.-25. A peck of Frenchmen

No.-26. A picket of strikers

No.-27. A pint of Irishmen

No.-28. A pity/A gang of prisoners

No.-29. A plush/A rascal of boys

No.-30. A pomposity of professors

No.-31. A posse of police

No.-32. A posse of sheriffs

No.-33. A pound of Englishmen

No.-34. A promise of barmen

No.-35. A prudence of vicars

No.-36. A quiz of teachers

No.-37. A rage of maidens

No.-38. A rash of dermatologists

No.-39. A regiment of soldiers

No.-40. A rookery/A school of clerks

No.-41. A rout of schoolboys

No.-42. A sample of salesmen

No.-43. A school of clerks

No.-44. A scolding of seamstresses

No.-45. A scoop/A slant of journalists

No.-46. A sentence of judges

No.-47. A series of radiologists

No.-48. A set/A subtlety of designers

No.-49. A set/A swish of hairdressers

No.-50. A shower of bastards


Collective nouns list animals


No.-51. A shower of meteorologists

No.-52. A shrivel of critics

No.-53. A shuffle of bureaucrats

No.-54. A side of dancers

No.-55. A simplicity of subalterns

No.-56. A poverty of pipers

No.-57. A slate of candidates

No.-58. A slither of gossip columnists

No.-59. A slouch of models

No.-60. A sneer of butlers

No.-61. A sprig of vegetarians

No.-62. A squad of beaters

No.-63. A squad of soldiers

No.-64. A squat of daubers

No.-65. A squeal of nieces

No.-66. A staff of employees

No.-67. A staff of servants

No.-68. A staff of teachers

No.-69. A stalk of foresters

No.-70. A subtlety of sergeants at law

No.-71. A superfluity of nuns

No.-72. A tabernacle of bakers

No.-73. A talent of gamblers

No.-74. A tantrum of decorators

No.-75. A team of athletes

No.-76. A team of players

No.-77. A thought of barons

No.-78. A tribe of Indians

No.-79. A tribe of natives

No.-80. A trip of hippies

No.-81. A troop of boy scouts

No.-82. A troupe of acrobats

No.-83. A troupe of artistes

No.-84. A troupe of dancers

No.-85. A troupe of performers

No.-86. A wandering of tinkers

No.-87. A wheeze of joggers

No.-88. A worship of writers

No.-89. An absence/An order of waiters

No.-90. An alley/A pratfall of clowns

No.-91. A brace/A wince of dentists

No.-92. An amalgamation of metallurgists

No.-93.An amble of walkers

No.-94. An ambush of widows

No.-95. An army of soldiers

No.-96. A roll of drummers

No.-97. An attitude/A grunt of teenagers

No.-98. An audience of listeners

No.-99. An eloquence of lawyers

No.-100. An embarrassment /A persistence of parents

No.-101. An entrance of actresses

No.-102. An expectation of heirs

No.-103. An expectation of midwives

No.-104. An obscurity/A rhyme of poets

No.-105. An illusion of magicians

No.-106. An impatience of wives

No.-107. An imposition of in-laws

No.-108. An obeisance of servants

No.-109. An observance of hermits


Collective nouns list pdf


Collective Nouns List for Animals:-

In English, a collective noun for animals refers to a collection or a group of animals taken as a whole.

List of Collective Nouns for Birds:-

No.-1. A cloud of seafowls

No.-2. A colony/A flock/A raft of auks

No.-3. A colony of avocets

No.-4. A colony of gulls

No.-5. A colony of ibises

No.-6. A colony/A parcel/A rookery of penguins

No.-7. A covey/A brace/A brood/A flight/A pack of grouse

No.-8. A covey/A bevy/A clutch/A warren of partridges

No.-9. A covey of ptarmigans

No.-10. A crowd of redwings

No.-11. A descent of woodpeckers

No.-12. A desert/A deceit of lapwings

No.-13. A fall/A covey/A flight/A plump of woodcocks

No.-14. A flight of birds

No.-15. A flight/A gulp of cormorants

No.-16. A flight of goshawks

No.-17. A flight/A flock/A kit/A passel of pigeons

No.-18. A flight/A gulp of swallows

No.-19. A fling of dunlins

No.-20. A fling of sandpipers

No.-21. A flock of birds

No.-22. A flock of bustards

No.-23. A flock of swifts

No.-24. A flock of turkeys

No.-25. A flush of ducks

No.-26. A head/A herd of curlews

No.-27. A herd/A flock of wrens

No.-28. A hill of ruffs

No.-29. A host/A quarrel/A tribe/A ubiquity of sparrows

No.-30. A murder/A hover/A muster/A parcel of crows

No.-31. A chattering/A cloud/A congregation/A clutter of starlings

No.-32. A muse of capons

No.-33. A muster/An ostentation/A pride of peacocks

No.-34. A mustering/A flight/A phalanx of storks

No.-35. A mutation of thrushes

No.-36. A bouquet/A head/A warren of pheasants

No.-37. A parcel of linnets

No.-38. A parliament/A stare of owls

No.-39. A pitying of turtledoves

No.-40. A plump of moorhens

Examples of collective nouns list


No.-41. A plump/A bunch/A knob/A raft of waterfowls

No.-42. A pod/A scoop of pelicans

No.-43. A prattle of parrots

No.-44. A pride/A flock of ostriches

No.-45. A rafter of turkeys

No.-46. A run of poultry

No.-47. A sedge/A siege of bitterns

No.-48. A sedge/A herd/A sedge/A siege of cranes

No.-49. A sedge/A flight/A hedge/A rookery/A siege of herons

No.-50. A flush/A puddling of mallards

No.-51. A spring/A bunch/A coil/A knob/A raft of teals

No.-52. A squabble of seagulls

No.-53. A stand of flamingos

No.-54. A trip of dotterels

No.-55. A trip/A bunch/A knob/A lute/A skein of wildfowls

No.-56. A wake of buzzards

No.-57. A walk/A wisp of snipes


List of Collective Nouns for Mammals:-

No.-1. A glaring/A cluster/A clutter of cats

No.-2. A cluster/A herd/A tribe of antelopes

No.-3. A coalition of cheetahs

No.-4. A cohort/A herd/A zeal of zebras

No.-5. A colony/A family/A lodge of beavers

No.-6. A colony of chinchillas

No.-7. A colony/A horde/A mischief/A swarm of rats

No.-8. A colony of voles

No.-9. A congress/A flange/A troop of baboons

No.-10. A coterie/A town of prairie dogs

No.-11. A couple of impalas

No.-12. A cowardice of curs

No.-13. A crash/A herd/A stubbornness of rhinoceroses

No.-14. A destruction of (wild) cats

No.-15. A destruction of wildcats

No.-16. A drift/A trip of (tame) swine

No.-17. A dray/A colony of squirrels

No.-18. A drift/A drove/A parcel of hogs

No.-19.A drove of bullocks

No.-20. A drove/A drift/A flock/A herd of pigs

No.-21. A drove/A herd of swine

No.-22. A fall of lambs

No.-23. A family/A bevy/A raft/A romp of otters

No.-24. A farrow/A litter of piglets

No.-25. A field/A string of racehorses

No.-26. A gang/A herb/An obstinacy of buffalos

No.-27. A gang/A herd of elks


Book of st albans collective nouns list


No.-28. A grind of bottle-nosed whales

No.-29. A group of guinea pigs

No.-30. A herd/A gang of bisons

No.-31. A herd/A leash of bucks

No.-32. A herd of caribous

No.-33. A herd/A drift/A drove/A mob of cattle

No.-34. A herd of chamois

No.-35. A herd/A drove of donkeys

No.-36. A herd of elands

No.-37. A herd/A parade of elephants

No.-38. A herd/An implausibility of gnus

No.-39. A herd of hartebeests

No.-40. A herd of harts

No.-41. A herd of ibexes

No.-42. A herd of llamas

No.-43. A herd of moose

No.-44. A herd of wildebeests

No.-45. A herd of yaks

No.-46. A horde of gerbils

No.-47. A horde of hamsters

No.-48. A huddle/A herd/An ugly of walruses

No.-49. A husk of jackrabbits

No.-50. A journey/A group/A herd/A tower of giraffes

No.-51. A kindle/A litter of kittens

No.-52. A kindle of leverets

No.-53. A labor/A company/A movement of moles

No.-54. A leap of leopards

No.-55. A leash of greyhounds

No.-56. A litter of cubs

No.-57. A litter of pups

No.-58. A mischief/A horde/A nest/A trip of mice

No.-59. A mob/A troop of kangaroos

No.-60. A mob of wombats

No.-61. A nursery/A gaze of raccoons

No.-62. A pace/A drove/A coffle/A herd of asses

No.-63. A pack/A band/A rout of coyotes

No.-64. A pack/A kennel of dogs

No.-65. A pack/A trip of stoats

No.-66. A pack/A herd/A rout of wolves

No.-67. A parcel of hinds

No.-68. A pod/A flock/A school/A team of dolphins

No.-69. A prickle of porcupines

No.-70. A pride/A flock/A sault/A troop of lions

No.-71. A rake/A rack/A rag of colts

No.-72. A richness of martens

No.-73. A school/A herd/A pod of porpoises

No.-74. A shrewdness/A troop of apes


collective nouns list of English grammar 


No.-75. A skulk/An earth/A lead/A leash/A troop of foxes

No.-76. A sloth of bears

No.-77. A sneak/A gang/A pack of weasels

No.-78. A sounder of (wild) boars

No.-79. A sounder of (wild) pigs


List of Collective Nouns for Sea Animals:-

No.-1. A glide of flying fish

No.-2. A glint/A troubling of goldfish

No.-3. A grind of blackfish

No.-4. A herd of seahorses

No.-5. A pack of perch

No.-6. A party of rainbow fish

No.-7. A quantity of smelts

No.-8. A school of butterfly fish

No.-9. A school of cod

No.-10. A shiver/A school/A shoal of sharks

No.-11. A shoal/A catch/A draught/A fray/A haul/A run/A school of fish

No.-12. A shoal of mackerel

No.-13. A shoal/A steam/A stream/A swarm of minnows

No.-14. A shoal/A school of pilchards

No.-15. A shoal of roach

No.-16. A shoal of shads

No.-17. A shoal/A spread of sticklebacks

No.-18. A squad of squid

No.-19. A swarm of dragonet fish

No.-20. A swarm of eels

No.-21. A troop of dogfish

No.-22. A troupe of shrimp


List of Collective Nouns for Insects:-

No.-1. A colony/An army/A bike/A swarm of ants

No.-2. A swarm/A bike/A cast/A cluster/A drift/A game/A hive/A stand/A rabble/A grist of bees

No.-3. A bike of (wild) bees

No.-4. A flight/A rabble/A swarm of butterflies

No.-5. An army of caterpillars

No.-6. An intrusion of cockroaches

No.-7. A swarm/A cloud/A business/A grist/A hatch of flies

No.-8. A cloud/A cluster/A swarm of grasshoppers

No.-9. A bike/A nest/A swarm of hornets

No.-10. A flight/A horde/A plague/A rabble/A swarm of insects

No.-11. A flock/A colony/An infestation of lice

No.-12. A plague/A cloud/A swarm of locusts

No.-13. A scourge/A swarm of mosquitoes

No.-14. A clutter/A cluster of spiders




Collective Nouns List for Things

No.-1. A piece of jewellery

No.-2. A pile of money

No.-3. A drop of rain

No.-4. A ray of sunshine

No.-5. A pinch of salt

No.-6. A bar of soap

No.-7. A tube of toothpaste

No.-8. A ball of wool

No.-9. A bar of soap

No.-10. A battery of tests

No.-11. A bolt of lightning

No.-12. A bunch of books

No.-13. A bunch of keys

No.-14. A bunch of keys

No.-15. A chest of drawers

No.-16. A clump of reeds

No.-17. A deck of cards

No.-18. A fleet of ships

No.-19. A fleet of vehicles

No.-20. A flight of stairs

No.-21. A gallon of gasoline

No.-22. A group of friends

No.-23. A group of islands

No.-24. A grove of trees

No.-25. A hedge of bushes

No.-26. A library of books

No.-27. A pack of cards


List of Collective Nouns


No.-28. A pair of shoes

No.-29. A piece of furniture

No.-30. A piece of paper

No.-31. A quiver of arrows

No.-32. A ream of paper

No.-33. A roll of film/cloth

No.-34. A series of events

No.-35. A set of books

No.-36. A set of tools

No.-37. A shelf of books

No.-38. A stack of chairs

No.-39. A suite of furniture

No.-40. A suite of rooms


Collective Nouns List for Food and Drinks:-

No.-1. A bar/A square of chocolate

No.-2. A batch of cakes

No.-3. A bottle of milk

No.-4. A bowl of rice

No.-5. A box of cereal

No.-6. A can of soda

No.-7. A carton of milk

No.-8. A cup of tea

No.-9. A glass of water

No.-10. A jar of honey

No.-11. A jug of water

No.-12. A kilo of meat

No.-13. A kilo of sugar

No.-14. A loaf of bread

No.-15. A packet of tea

No.-16. A piece of cheese

No.-17. A piece of chocolate

No.-18. A pile of cookies

No.-19. A slice of bread

No.-20. A slice of pizza

No.-21. A tub of margarine










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