What is the collective noun for words, like say "a group of words." Is there a more specific collective noun and if there is, what is it? Thanks in advance for the help.

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    What sort of 'group'? A sentence or phrase is made up of words which have been put together to convey a meaning; if they are random words it's just a 'list' of words. Apr 3, 2022 at 16:06

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It really depends on the context where you are using the word you are finding. "Phrase" usually refers to a group of words which has meaning to it.

For example, "she had some amazing news to share but nobody to share it with." "some amazing news" is a phrase, while "she to with to" is not. The latter something is a phrase just because it has multiple words.


Unlike, say, cows. Word don't form herds!

Words can be structured into phrases, clauses, sentences and so on.

"a big red book" is a phrase "The cat sat on the mat" is a clause and a sentence

You can create a list of words. "red blue green orange pink" is a list of colour words.


This isn't as silly, or as ill-formed, a question as it may first appear, prima facie. I say that from a position of just having asked myself the same thing, but still... I think it's a perfectly valid question. For if a collection of owls is a parliament, and a collection of geese is a gander, then what name might a collection of words be best known by? Why, a dictionary, of course! Surely Webster, Collins, and Oxford couldn't have all got it wrong, could they? Have a great day!

  • I don't think this is the kind of definition OP was looking for... but it's certainly thinking outside the box! While the other answers interpreted "collection" in the abstract, yours takes it more literally with a physical collection of words. Apr 5 at 4:16

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