- (in the classification of related languages within a family) a category of a lower order than a subbranch and of a higher order than a subgroup: the Low German group of West Germanic languages.
- any grouping of languages, whether it is made on the basis of geography, genetic relationship, or something else.
- Army.a flexible administrative and tactical unit consisting of two or more battalions and a headquarters.
- Air Force.an administrative and operational unit subordinate to a wing, usually composed of two or more squadrons.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of group
Synonyms for group
Related Words for groupbody, crowd, faction, club, company, band, gang, party, society, organization, class, association, troop, meet, arrange, organize, gather, categorize, bevy, gathering
Examples from the Web for group
Contemporary Examples of group
Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
Asian-Americans are a group of persuadable swing voters, growing faster than any other group in America today.Asian-Americans Are The New Florida
January 8, 2015
Yet only 24 percent of the 3,892 femicides the group identified in 2012 and 2013 were looked at by authorities.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
Though tissues are present and tears are not uncommon, the Dinner Parties are distinctly not grief counseling or group therapy.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
Faal told the FBI that his group was trying “restore democracy to The Gambia and improve the lives of its people.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
Historical Examples of group
The Milbreys, father and son, came up and greeted the group on the piazza.
Mrs. Bines, so complacent overnight, was the most disconsolate one of the group.
He always kept a group with him, and people said that he was wise to do it.Way of the Lawless
There is not a country in which one group is not afraid of some other group.
But of the arc which He disclosed no one group of His followers has as yet perceived the whole.
- a number of persons bound together by common social standards, interests, etc
- (as modifier)group behaviour
Word Origin for group
1690s, originally an art criticism term, "assemblage of figures or objects in a painting or design," from French groupe "cluster, group" (17c.), from Italian gruppo "group, knot," perhaps ultimately from Proto-Germanic *kruppaz "round mass, lump," and related to crop. Extended to "any assemblage" by 1736. Meaning "pop music combo" is from 1958.
1718 (transitive), 1801 (intransitive), from group (n.). Related: Grouped; grouping.
- Two or more atoms that are bound together and act as a unit in a number of chemical compounds, such as a hydroxyl (OH) group.
- In the Periodic Table, a vertical column that contains elements having the same number of electrons in the outermost shell of their atoms. Elements in the same group have similar chemical properties. See Periodic Table.