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


biographical name
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 Arriving to a light dusting of snow, the herder, Aslak Allas, switched off his snowmobile, and the overwhelming silence of Sweden's Arctic settled in. Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 In August 2019, a herder and two students in Narok, Kenya, fell ill from anthrax, which primarily affects animals but can infect humans who come in contact with infected animals or inhale spores. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, 12 May 2021 His father was a herder, and the family was part of the Zaghawa ethnic group, a minority in the country that came to power along with Mr. Déby. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 Training and caring for golden eagles is just one aspect of an animal herder’s life; others include training young horses, tending sheep, milking yaks and butchering meat. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2021 Goatscaping companies provide a fence and water buckets plus, if needed, a herder. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, 15 Dec. 2020 An affectionate and devoted farmhand, sure, herder of sheep, hunting partner or badger hound, keeper of the night watch, but not much different from a cow, a horse or a mule in terms of its utility and its relationship to the family. Daniel Dorsa, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Nov. 2020 Whomst was the nerf herder who thought that this was a good idea? Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, 12 Nov. 2020 The herder, protesting against the coal mining activity, had tried to stop trucks from crossing into his traditional pastureland. Nectar Gan, CNN, 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of herder


1635, in the meaning defined above

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“Herder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herder. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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