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Collective Nouns of People

Published Saturday, February 04, 2006

Everyone is familiar or knowledgeable to some extend when it comes to the collective nouns of animals but, are you also familiar with the collective nouns of people? Well, this article will look at some of these collective nouns of people. You might know a few but the rest you will learn and who knows, some might even make you ponder.


This alphabetical list of collective nouns of people is not comprehensive. However, this list will be updating as time goes by. All effort was made for it to be accurate as much as possible. If you send me a collective name it will not be added if I can’t verify it. This is necessary due to the fact that people do make up their own collective nouns to generate interest or just to be humorous. Thus, these humorous words are repeated as examples of collective nouns.




Subject Collective Name of People
A
Academics......................... A faculty of academics
Acrobats........................... A troupe of acrobats
Actors/players.....................A cast/company of actors/players
Aldermen...........................A bench of aldermen
Arsonists...........................A conflagration of arsonists
Artistes.............................A troupe of artistes
Athletes.............................A team of athletes

B
Bakers................................A tabernacle of bakers
Barbers...............................A babble of barbers
Barmen...............................A promise of barmen
Barons................................A thought of barons
Beaters...............................A squad of beaters
Beauties..............................A bevy/galaxy of beauties
Bishops...............................A bench/psalter of bishops
Boys...................................A blush of boys
Boy scouts............................A troop of boy scouts
Brewers...............................A feast of brewers
Brownies..............................A pack of brownies
Bureaucrats..........................A shuffle of bureaucrats
Butchers..............................A goring of butchers
Butlers................................A sneer of butlers

C
Candidates............................. A slate of candidates
Canons.................................. A chapter/dignity of canons
Capitalists.............................. A company/syndicate of capitalists
Churchgoers............................ A congregation of churchgoers
Clerks....................................A school of clerks
Cobblers................................ A cutting/drunkship of cobblers
Cooks................................... A hastiness of cooks
Critics................................... A shrivel of critics
Curs..................................... A cowardice of curs

D
Dancers.................................. A troupe of dancers
Deans.................................... A decanter/decorum of deans
Directors................................ A board of directors
Dons..................................... An obstruction of dons

E
Employees.............................. A staff of employees
Experts................................. A panel of experts

F
Foresters................................A stalk of foresters

G
Gamblers................................A talent of gamblers
Girl guides............................. A company of girl guides
Governesses............................A galaxy of governesses
Grammarians.......................... A conjunction of grammarians

H
Harlots...................................A herd of harlots
Harpists..................................A melody of harpists
Hermits..................................An observance of hermits
Hoodlums................................A gang of hoodlums
Horsemen................................A cavalcade of horsemen
Hunters...................................A blast of hunters

I

J
Judges................................... A bench/sentence of judges
Jugglers.................................. A neverthriving of jugglers ***

K
Knights....................................A banner/rout of knights

L
Ladies......................................A bevy of ladies
Lawyers....................................An eloquence of lawyers
Lepers......................................A colony of lepers
Listeners...................................An audience of listeners

M
Magicians.................................An illusion of magicians
Magistrates...............................A bench of magistrates
Matrons....................................A riches of matrons
Majors.....................................A morbidity of majors
Men........................................A band of men
Merchants.................................A faith of merchants
Messengers...............................A diligence of messengers
Minstrels..................................A troupe of minstrels
Mourners..................................A cortege of mourners
Musicians.................................An orchestra of musicians

N
Natives....................................A tribe of natives
Nuns.......................................A superfluity of nuns

O
Onlookers..................................A crowd of onlookers

P
Painters......................................A curse/illusion/misbelieving of painters
Peddler (US)/pedlars.......................A malapertness of pedlars/peddler (US)
People........................................A crowd/audience/congregation/ mob of people
Performers...................................A troupe/troup of performers
Poverty.......................................A skirl of pipers
Police.........................................A posse of police
Preachers....................................A converting of preachers
Prisoners.....................................A pity/gang of prisoners

Q


R
Robbers.........................................A band of robbers

S
Sailors...........................................A crew of sailors
Seamstresses...................................A scolding of seamstresses
Senators.........................................A house of senators
Sergeants-at-law...............................A subtlety of sergeants-at-law
Servants.........................................An obeisance of servants
Sheriffs..........................................A posse of sheriffs
Shoemakers.....................................A blackening of shoemakers
Singers...........................................A choir of singers
Soldiers..........................................A squad/army/brigade/ company/division/muster/ platoon/troop of soldiers
Students..........................................A class of students
Subalterns........................................A simplicity of subalterns

T
Tailors...............................................A disguising of tailors
Taverners...........................................A glozing of taverners
Thieves..............................................A den/gang of thieves
Trustees.............................................A board of trustees
Tourists..............................................A flock of tourists

U
Undertakers........................................An unction of undertakers

V
Vicars...............................................A prudence of vicars

W
Widows..............................................An ambush of widows
Witches..............................................A coven of witches
Women...............................................A gaggle of women
Workmen............................................A gang of workmen
Worshippers.........................................A congregation of worshippers
Writers...............................................A worship of writers

X

Y
Yeomen.............................................. A fellowship of yeomen

Z

Note:
Yet to come with a collective noun to describe a gathering of bloggers.

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At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Ric said...
 
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At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Carl said...
 

a "Barrage of Bloggers" perhaps?

As in "The rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication"

Hi, Jus dropping by to say hello : )

Hi - sorry for the long absence!

Brill info as usual - I didn't know at least half of them.

Thanks again!

Ric:
That’s not a bad name for the collective noun of bloggers. I can see the reason why you have chosen that name. I do hope their will be an official name soon.

Thanks for the comment and for stopping by :)

Peace:
Always glad to have you coming by from time to time.

Thanks and later :)

Furkids:
That’s okay, I know you are very busy :)

Thank you as always for your kind words. I’m happy that you found this week article informative.

Bye for now :)

a nuisance of bloggers?

How about a blarney of bloggers or a blather of bloggers?

Are these collective nouns really approved ?

Nice information, many thanks to the author. It is incomprehensible to me now, but in general, the usefulness and significance is overwhelming. Thanks again and good luck! Web Design Company

What is the collective noun for a group of bodyguards or a group of hackers (computer hackers)?

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..borrowed from Tom Griswold

Here's one I've been using for a long time as a professional forecaster, but I don't have any way to make it "official:"

An apocalypse of futurists

You enquire that what do you call a group of bloggers, and some have come up and in with terms like barrage and blather (in order to make it alliteral), and one with nuisance (because you think bloggers are a bunch of nuisances). I must admit that I appreciate all those terms for a group of bloggers, and that they should all be accepted, for I know that some group of animals and people have more than one group name. But I have one that you all should accept too, and it's not so derogatory as those terms that I've seen above. My term for a group of bloggers is an opinion, thus an opinion of bloggers, because bloggers are just people who love to express their opinions.

I came here to suggest a "BLIGHT" of bloggers, but I really do like barrage better. Thanks.

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