drover

noun

drov·​er ˈdrō-vər How to pronounce drover (audio)
: one who drives cattle or sheep

Examples of drover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lancashire heelers are drovers, meaning they have been used to herd cattle and other livestock. Ben Brasch, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 The trio experiences four life-altering years, a love affair between Sarah and the drover and the unavoidable impact of World War II on northern Australia. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Oct. 2023 Led by professional drovers, a herd of 17 longhorns march down East Exchange Avenue daily, and each animal represents a decade of the city’s history. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 26 June 2023 See a real-life cattle drive Each day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., visitors line the sidewalks of Exchange Avenue to catch sight of drovers herding Texas Longhorns down the street. Tamara Gane, Chron, 29 Apr. 2023 The drovers are mounted on horseback and dressed in garb similar to what their counterparts wore centuries ago. Tamara Gane, Chron, 29 Apr. 2023 In Gayle’s story, that founder is Cow Tom, a Black cattle drover and a translator for Creeks who refused to speak English. Philip Deloria, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 The trio experiences four life-altering years, a love affair between Sarah and the drover and the unavoidable impact of World War II. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 June 2022 Historically, a fourth of the drovers were African-American; a third were Hispanic, and many were from the British Isles. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, 15 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drover was in the 15th century

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“Drover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drover. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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drover

noun
drov·​er ˈdrō-vər How to pronounce drover (audio)
: a person who drives cattle or sheep

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