goat·​herd | \ˈgōt-ˌhərd \

Definition of goatherd 

: a person who tends goats

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Fernandes, the goatherd, says, leaning on his thick walking stick. Washington Post, "Send in the goats: Portugal goes low-tech to beat wildfires," 14 June 2018 Bono is an accomplished farmer, cook, fermentation expert, and currently, goatherd and maker of goat milk soaps, so creating a garden from scratch may come a little bit easier to her. Louisa Shafia, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Vegetable Garden," 3 May 2018 Luckily for him, and for us, the boy is befriended by a monosyllabic goatherd with hardscrabble but successful strategies to survive in this dystopian world of rancid wells and withered lone fig trees. Natalie Serber, New York Times, "In This Beautiful Debut, a Boy Takes Flight in a Bleak World," 28 Aug. 2017 Cucinelli has been making the trip for almost 30 years, to source cashmere from nomadic goatherds in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "Designer Brunello Cucinelli on Finding Cashmere and Inspiration in Mongolia," 30 Oct. 2017 Chris Larsen started with a vision of making it possible for, say, a goatherd in Central Asia to do business efficiently with a fisherman in Africa or a merchant in London. Quentin Hardy, New York Times, "Ripple Aims to Put Every Transaction on One Ledger," 6 Apr. 2016 Her best friend is the young man next door, Sudama (Sandeep Pathak), a goatherd who shares tea with her. Helen T. Verongos, New York Times, "Review: ‘1000 Rupee Note,’ a Poor Widow’s Blessing and Curse," 22 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of goatherd

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for goatherd

Middle English goteherd, from Old English gāthyrd

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English Language Learners Definition of goatherd

: a person who watches over a herd of goats


goat·​herd | \ˈgōt-ˌhərd \

Kids Definition of goatherd

: a person who tends goats

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