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

Definition of herder

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

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Examples of herder in a Sentence

the nomadic reindeer herders of Siberia live in reindeer-skin tents
Recent Examples on the Web Jude, Marek’s apparent father, is a lamb-herder who kept Agata tied down and also raped her. New York Times, 13 June 2022 The herder said the soldiers included members of the Malian army and Wagner mercenaries. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, 21 Aug. 2022 Its story is understood to the concern a conflict between a father and a son after a snow leopard kills nine of a herder’s goats. Patrick Frater, Variety, 15 July 2022 After weeks of drought, the single night of rain brought more tragedy to Safiya Abdullahi, a goat and camel herder in Somaliland. David Bruckmeier, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2022 The bot herder can continue to remotely manage and grow their botnet to carry out various malicious activities. Chuck Brooks, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 In the Sámi hub of Jokkmokk, the reindeer herder and specialty meat purveyor works closely with Eva Gunnare, a local forager and cultural guide to bring guests on an epicurean journey. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, 4 Mar. 2022 These same peaks are vital to the kingdom’s wind energy plans, and native herder Lena Haugen says her people pay the price. Jesper Starn, Fortune, 21 Feb. 2022 Then there is another school, one that says: hey, listen, nerf herder, Star Wars is forever. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 6 Oct. 2022.

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Herder biographical name

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

Definition of Herder

Johann Gottfried von 1744–1803 German philosopher

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