herd·​er | \ ˈhər-dər How to pronounce herder (audio) \

Definition of herder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that herds specifically : a person who manages, breeds, or tends to livestock : herdsman sense 1


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Her·​der | \ ˈher-dər How to pronounce Herder (audio) \

Definition of Herder (Entry 2 of 2)

Johann Gottfried von 1744–1803 German philosopher

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Synonyms for herder

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of herder in a Sentence

Noun the nomadic reindeer herders of Siberia live in reindeer-skin tents
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The film sets its sights on the Altai and Helan Mountains, where Capra hircus cashmere goats and their devoted herders weather some of the most extreme temperatures on earth. Vogue, "Eddie Redmayne, Uma Thurman, Liev Schreiber, and More Got Cozy at a Screening for Loro Piana," 31 Oct. 2019 Ger districts like hers, a mix of the traditional round tents and simple wood or brick houses, are home mostly to migrants from the countryside, former herders who have come to the capital seeking jobs and education. Beth Gardiner, National Geographic, "Kids suffer most in one of Earth's most polluted cities," 26 Mar. 2019 Cattle herders resort to the few remaining trees for animal fodder, denuding the landscape even further in a downward spiral of desertification. Aryn Baker / Mbar Toubab, Time, "Can a 4,815-Mile Wall of Trees Help Curb Climate Change in Africa?," 12 Sep. 2019 For months, herder Ali Bereino had been trying to get a job working for a team of fossil hunters in northeastern Ethiopia. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Stunning ancient skull shakes up human family tree," 28 Aug. 2019 According to the Washington Post, herders may control groups of up to 200,000 of the animals at a time. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Reindeer Causes Accident Involving Finnish Soldiers," 12 Sep. 2019 Just watch out for alpaca and llama herders on the route. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in August," 26 June 2019 In addition to the trip to the South Pole, the collection includes an eight-night tour to remote reindeer herders and eagle hunters of Mongolia meant to be paired with an Asia cruise. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Couture Collection tours at Silversea promise rare adventures," 29 June 2018 Clarity would start to come on February 10, 2016, thanks to the astounding luck of a herder named Ali Bereino. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "'Unprecedented' skull reveals face of human ancestor," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of herder


1635, in the meaning defined above

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