a number of animals of one kind, especially sheep, goats, or birds, that keep or feed together or are herded together.
a large number of people; crowd.
a large group of things:
a flock of letters to answer.
the Christian church in relation to Christ.
a single congregation in relation to its pastor.
Archaic. a band or company of persons.
(noun) Middle English; Old English floc;
cognate with Old Norse flokkr;
(v.) Middle English,
derivative of the noun
bevy, covey, flight, gaggle; brood, hatch, litter; shoal, school, swarm, group, company. Flock, drove, herd, pack
refer to a company of animals, often under the care or guidance of someone. Flock
is the popular term, which applies to groups of animals, especially of sheep or goats, and companies of birds: This lamb is the choicest of the flock. A flock of wild geese flew overhead. Drove
is especially applied to a number of oxen, sheep, or swine when driven in a group: A drove of oxen was taken to market. A large drove of swine filled the roadway. Herd
is usually applied to large animals such as cattle, originally meaning those under the charge of someone; but by extension, to other animals feeding or driven together: a buffalo herd; a herd of elephants. Pack
applies to a number of animals kept together or keeping together for offense or defense: a pack of hounds kept for hunting; a pack of wolves.
As applied to people, drove, herd
carry a contemptuous implication.
See collective noun.