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: 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 Under this programme, Khandal, over the years, has brought together a group, mostly belonging to the Van Gujjar community, who are nomadic buffalo-herders. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "A former hunting community is now fending off poachers at Ranthambore tiger reserve," 23 Mar. 2020 Strategies differ, but for most Sami herders in Norway, the preferred tactic involves snowmobiles and dogs. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Herd Reindeer," 11 Feb. 2020 Despite a peace agreement reached between the government, pro-government militias and rebel groups in 2015, the conflict spread further south, where jihadist groups exacerbated tensions between farmers and herders over resources. Anna Pujol-mazzini, Time, "Violence in Mali Put an End to a Thriving Tourist Industry. Now the Government Wants to Tap Into China's Tourism Market," 18 June 2019 Police say the attack had been planned to terrify the Bakarwals, a Muslim community of nomadic herders, into leaving the area. Fox News, "Indian court convicts 6 for raping, killing girl in Kashmir," 10 June 2019 This direct-to-consumer brand works directly with herders in the Mongolian desert to source some of the fairest cashmere in the world, all the while cutting out the middleman and delivering higher quality products at a lower cost. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "30 Sustainable Clothing Brands to Shop on Earth Day (and Any Other Day)," 21 Apr. 2020 Countries have also been strengthening their enforcement against poaching, and conservation groups work with herders to develop systems to keep snow leopards away from their livestock. National Geographic, "Snow leopard," 19 Mar. 2020 The ducks’ day ends around 4 p.m., when human herders wave them back into formation with flags, according to NPR. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "An Army of Hungry Ducks Keeps This Historic South African Vineyard Pest-Free," 23 Mar. 2020 Farmers fight against harvest shortages, herders have to go further in the search of pastures for their animals. Alicia Prager, Quartz Africa, "The fight against Nigeria’s northeast terrorism is also a battle against climate change," 18 Oct. 2019

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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