herdsman

noun
herds·​man | \ ˈhərdz-mən How to pronounce herdsman (audio) \

Definition of herdsman

1 : a manager, breeder, or tender of livestock
2 capitalized : boötes

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Examples of herdsman in a Sentence

a lone herdsman stood with his sheep and his dog on the hillside
Recent Examples on the Web In January of that year, Robert Kirotich, a Sengwer herdsman was reported to have been gunned down by the KFS guards while tending to his cattle in the forest. Geoffrey Kamadi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Who should care for the forest? In Kenya, the question sparks violence.," 14 Oct. 2020 Angba, the herdsman in Xilin Gol, said by the first grade, many children haven't even properly learned their mother tongue yet, and adding another language would be a big burden. Nectar Gan, CNN, "How China's new language policy sparked rare backlash in Inner Mongolia," 5 Sep. 2020 On July 5, a herdsman in Inner Mongolia (a part of China) was diagnosed with bubonic plague and is receiving treatment at a hospital, Bayannur city health officials confirmed. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "China Issues an Alert About Bubonic Plague—Here's What You Need to Know About This Deadly Disease," 6 July 2020 In Italy the transumanza proceeds along tratturi, lanes etched into the land by herdsmen, cows and other livestock over two millenniums. Maria Russo, New York Times, "‘Oh-Oh, Ay-Ay!’ Riding to an Italian Rhythm on the Transumanza," 16 Sep. 2019 Human Rights Watch said last year that more than 150 men — mostly ethnic Peuhl herdsmen — had been killed by Burkinabe security forces after being accused of supporting or harboring extremists. Washington Post, "Burkina Faso to arm civilians in fight against extremists," 23 Jan. 2020 The Christian Post reported Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen have killed over 1,000 Christians in Nigeria in 2019 alone. Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo, Quartz Africa, "An Islamic State Christmas killing of 11 hostages in Nigeria threatens to flare up religious tensions," 28 Dec. 2019 Most recently the region has been subject to vicious clashes between migratory herdsmen and local farmers primarily over land use. Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo, Quartz Africa, "An Islamic State Christmas killing of 11 hostages in Nigeria threatens to flare up religious tensions," 28 Dec. 2019 As the herdsmen are often Muslim and landowners widely believed to be Christian, these clashes are regularly perceived as religious clashes. Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo, Quartz Africa, "An Islamic State Christmas killing of 11 hostages in Nigeria threatens to flare up religious tensions," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of herdsman

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of herdsman was in 1567

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“Herdsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herdsman. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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herdsman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of herdsman

: a person (especially a man) who watches over a herd of cows, sheep, etc.

herdsman

noun
herds·​man | \ ˈhərdz-mən How to pronounce herdsman (audio) \
plural herdsmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of herdsman

: a person who owns or watches over a flock or herd

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