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



BrE BrE//kəˈlektɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈlektɪv//
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a group of people who own a business or a farm and run it together; the business that they run an independent collective making films for television Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘representing many individuals’): from Old French collectif, -ive or Latin collectivus, from collect- ‘gathered together’, from the verb colligere, from col- ‘together’ + legere ‘choose or collect’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: collective