goat·​herd | \ ˈgōt-ˌhərd How to pronounce goatherd (audio) \

Definition of goatherd

: a person who tends goats

Examples of goatherd in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The goatherd has lived a humble existence away from his wife and three now-adult and college-educated daughters for 21 years. Clara Germani, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Nov. 2020 Next to the highway, always the signs of old Mexico, goatherds shuffled in the tall grass beyond the guardrails, the goats kicking up dust. Paul Theroux, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2019 The absence of shepherds, goatherds, and farmers has left forest lands overgrown, allowing fires to spread and burn faster. Raphael Minder, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2019 So far, about 40 to 50 shepherd and goatherds are signed up, along with nearly 11,000 goats, Minder reports. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, 19 Aug. 2019 Should the land revert to the goatherds who previously lived there? Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2019 Fernandes, the goatherd, says, leaning on his thick walking stick. Washington Post, 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, 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, 28 Aug. 2017

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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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“Goatherd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goatherd. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of goatherd

: a person who watches over a herd of goats


goat·​herd | \ ˈgōt-ˌhərd How to pronounce goatherd (audio) \

Kids Definition of goatherd

: a person who tends goats

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