Is metal an element a compound or a metalloid?

any of various opaque, fusible, ductile, and typically lustrous substances that are good conductors of electricity and heat, form cations by loss of electrons, and yield basic oxides and hydroxides; especially : one that is a chemical element as distinguished from an alloy. - Merriam-Webster's online dictionary. In other words, it is a group of elements, not a compound or alloy.