team / tēm/ • n. [treated as sing. or pl.] a group of players forming one side in a competitive game or sport. ∎ two or more people working together: a team of researchers | [as adj.] a team effort. ∎ two or more animals, esp. horses, harnessed together to pull a vehicle.• v. 1. [intr.] (team up) come together as a team to achieve a common goal: he teamed up with the band to produce the album.2. [tr.] (usu. team something with) match or coordinate a garment with (another): a pinstripe suit teamed with a crisp white shirt.3. [tr.] harness (animals, esp. horses) together to pull a vehicle: the horses are teamed in pairs.
A. †child-bearing. †offspring. (dial.) family, brood OE.;
B. set of draught animals OE.; number of persons in concerted action XVI;
C. † (leg.) vouching to warranty OE.;
D. (dial., after ON. taumr) chain for yoking draught animals XIV. OE. tēam = OS. tōm, OHG. zoum (G. zaum), ON. taumr bridle, rein :- Gmc. *taumaz, prob. for *tauzmaz, f. *taux- draw, rel. to L. dūcere.
Hence teamster XVIII (orig. U.S.).
family or brood of young animals; a group of animals moving together; people joined in some sporting or other competitive event.
Examples : team of athletes; of baseball; of cattle, 1840; of chicken (a brood), c. 1400; of cows, 1876; of debaters; of dogs, 1835; of dolphins; of ducks (in the air, or a brood of young ducks), 1688; of footballers, 1902; of geese, 1720; of carriage horses; of polo horses; of oxen; of pigs (a litter), 1511; of sins, 1225; of swans (swans with cygnets), 1697; of villains, 1622; of wild ducks (flying in a line or string); cricket team, 1885.