cow·​herd | \ ˈkau̇-ˌhərd How to pronounce cowherd (audio) \

Definition of cowherd

: one who tends cows

Examples of cowherd in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Around us, the valley slopes seem to touch the sky, covered in the Alpine forests where Hans Binder, the family patriarch and Natalie’s grandfather, had worked as a cowherd and logger to earn the money to buy the family sawmill. National Geographic, "Will the skyscrapers of the future be made out of wood?," 13 Jan. 2020 All sides are discovering that federal lands, run well, are neither a fiefdom of Washington nor a bulwark against wrongheaded cowherds. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "Sagebrush renaissance," 7 May 2017

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First Known Use of cowherd

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Cowherd.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cowherd

: a person whose job is to take care of cows especially in the western U.S.


cow·​herd | \ ˈkau̇-ˌhərd How to pronounce cowherd (audio) \

Kids Definition of cowherd

: a person who tends cows

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