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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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 The results suggest that Kenya’s ancient herders constructed them as a communal effort to cope with an unstable environment and a shifting cultural frontier. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists explore East Africa’s ancient monumental cemeteries," 21 Aug. 2018 Hindus claimed the herders were encroaching on their lands. Washington Post, "Child’s rape, killing in India mired in religious politics," 12 Apr. 2018 In June, when the weather gets warmer, the goats naturally shed the fleece and the herders gather up the cashmere. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "How Loro Piana Works With Mongolian Goat Herds to Gather the World's Softest Cashmere," 25 Oct. 2018 The most recent drought has prompted some herders to plunder the livestock of rival communities or sneak into nature reserves to graze their hungry droves. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "Hotter, Drier, Hungrier: How Global Warming Punishes the World’s Poorest," 12 Mar. 2018

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1635, in the meaning defined above

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