Collective nouns are naming words used for groups of animals, things, persons and places taken together as a unit. Examples: army, herd, fleet, bunch.
Here are some of the most commonly used collective nouns with example sentences:
1. Anthology – He has bought an anthology of Indian poetry.
2. Army – An army of photographers were outside his home.
3. Array – He saw an array of hedgehogs in the field.
4. Audience – The audience was delighted with the performance.
5. Band – The band is likely to perform in London next week.
6. Batch – We are hiring another batch of workers.
7. Bevvy – They saw a bevvy of swans.
8. Bouquet – She kept a bouquet of flowers on the table.
9. Brood – We’re taking the whole brood to the movies tonight.
10. Bunch – He ate a full bunch of grapes.
11. Bundle – He had a thick bundle of envelopes under his arm.
12. Cabinet – The Cabinet will meet on Thursday.
13. Case – He bought a case of wine for his birthday.
14. Choir – Mary sings in the church choir.
15. Class – He will be teaching English class next semester.
16. Cloud – Due to heavy rainfall, a cloud of grasshoppers have descended on the city.
17. Clump – There is a clump of bushes at the edge of the field
18. Cluster -He was peeping out through the clusters of leaves.
19. Colony – The colony of ants worked together.
20. Committee – The finance committee controls the budget.
21. Company – The company of actors was working at the theatre.
22. Congregation – Large congregations of birds may cause public harm.
23. Corporation – The corporation is holding its annual meeting
24. Council – The city council is responsible for keeping the streets clean.
25. Crew – He is a member of our camera crew.
26. Crowd – A huge crowd attended the concert.
27. Deck – He bought a new deck of cards.
28. Drove – The wind passes through a bamboo grove.
29. Family – He comes from a large family.
30. Fleet – The fleet came under attack by enemy aircraft.
31. Flight – He saw a flight of geese.
32. Flock – A flock of sheep was approaching.
33. Gaggle – I saw a gaggle of geese in the park.
34. Galaxy – The four musicians have played with a galaxy of stars.
35. Gang – The gang drove off, with the police in hot pursuit.
36. Group – A small group of children waited outside the school.
37. Heap – He raked up all the fallen leaves into a heap.
38. Herd – A herd of elephants crossed the road.
39. Jury – The jury delivered a verdict of not guilty.
40. Litter – I saw a litter of five kittens.
41. Mob – There was an angry mob outside the courthouse.
42. Pack – A pack of journalists was waiting outside the court.
43. Pair – I can’t find a matching pair of socks.
44. Pile – He has a pile of dirty clothes in his room
45. Posse – He was pursued by a posse of reporters.
46. Ream – Can you order a ream of printer paper?
47. Regiment – The regiments were stationed in the city.
48. School – They saw a school of dolphins.
49. Senate – The Senate has the power to veto laws passed by the lower house.
50. Set – He was given a set of cutlery as a wedding present.
51. Sheaf – He was carrying a whole sheaf of papers.
52. Shoal – They saw shoals of tiny fish darting around.
53. Skein – He saw a skein of geese in flight.
54. Society – The judge described him as a danger to society.
55. Squad – A bomb squad arrived to defuse the bomb.
56. Stack – Stack of chairs were kept in the corner.
57. Staff – There is a good relationship between staff and pupils at the school.
58. String – She wore a string of priceless pearls.
59. Swarm – The dead animal was covered with swarms of flies.
60. Team – Our team came third in the competition.
61. Tribe – The wedding joined the two tribes together.
62. Troop – A troop of musicians.
63. Troupe – She joined a dance troupe and travelled all over the world
64. Wad – He pulled out a wad of hundred-dollar bills.