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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: groupe, from Italian gruppo

group

1 noun
     
Related topics: Music, Companies
group1 S1 W1 [countable]
1 [also + plural verb British English] several people or things that are all together in the same place
group of
a group of children
a small group of islands
Get into groups of four.
He was surrounded by a group of admirers.
in groups
Dolphins travel in small groups.
A group of us are going to London.
2 several people or things that are connected with each other:
a left-wing terrorist group
group of
She is one of a group of women who have suffered severe side-effects from the drug.
age/ethnic/income etc group (=people of the same age, race etc)
Minority groups are encouraged to apply.
3BBC several companies that all have the same owner [↪ chain]:
a giant textiles group
group of
He owns a group of hotels in southern England.
4APM a number of musicians or singers who perform together, playing popular music [= band]

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