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

Definition of herder

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: 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


the nomadic reindeer herders of Siberia live in reindeer-skin tents

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In Mali, officials on Sunday said more than 30 herders and their children were killed in an area where disputes have raged over competition for land. Emmanuel Akinwotu, New York Times, "Nigeria’s Farmers and Herders Fight a Deadly Battle for Scarce Resources," 25 June 2018 Shepherds and camel herders crossed the frontier freely. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Saudis Open Iraqi Border and Forge Ties to Counter Iran," 23 Aug. 2017 The settlement was born in the 1920s when winter herders would water their reindeer at a thermal spring there. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Coldest Permanently Inhabited Place on Earth," 10 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, herders from the Eurasian steppe moved into the northern part of the subcontinent and mixed with Indus periphery people still there, forming the Ancestral North Indian population. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "South Asians are descended from a mix of farmers, herders, and hunter-gatherers, ancient DNA reveals," 18 Apr. 2018 That's great news for anyone who is dying to get a peek at a land destined to become overrun by scruffy nerf herders. Megan Friedman And Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Disney Just Released New Details for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Both Disney World and Disneyland," 8 Mar. 2019 As a result, cattle herders from northern Nigeria have been pushed farther and farther south to find land to graze livestock, causing friction with farmers settled in central states. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Land Conflict Has Long Been a Problem in Nigeria. Here’s How Climate Change Is Making It Worse," 28 June 2018 Behind them, a herder in traditional clothes and cowboy hat begin singing for the cows’ health, and the couple's. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 Savvy local herders have turned their homes into hotels as people arrive in search of snow leopards. Adam Popescu, Washington Post, "Tracking one of the world’s most elusive cats," 19 May 2018

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1635, in the meaning defined above

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