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Definition of collective noun noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

collective noun

 noun
noun
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a singular noun, such as committee or team, that refers to a group of people, animals or things and, in British English, can be used with either a singular or a plural verb. In American English it must be used with a singular verb.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: collective noun