drov·​er | \ ˈdrō-vər How to pronounce drover (audio) \

Definition of drover

: one who drives cattle or sheep

Examples of drover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Drovers from as far away as Ohio mingled with the local butchers waiting their turn at the public slaughterhouse nearby. Emily S. Rueb, New York Times, "Awakening the Bowery’s Ghosts," 12 Feb. 2016 Established in the 1880s to collect tolls for cattle drovers moving across the borders of pre-federation Australia, Birdsville was once a thriving frontier town. Clarissa Sebag-montefiore, New York Times, "How Does an Australian Town of 100 Attract Tourists? A Music Festival and Camel Pie," 1 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of drover

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Drover.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drover. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drover

chiefly British : a person who moves groups of animals (such as cattle or sheep) from one place to another

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