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 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 The Fulani herdsmen are responsible for the majority of the Christian deaths in Nigeria in 2019. Fox News, "More than 1,000 Christians killed by Islamic militants in Nigeria in 2019: report," 24 Dec. 2019 The hiking trails are marked well; the main concern is to keep a respectful distance from the herdsmen. Michael Hingston, Washington Post, "Don’t go for the obvious attraction in Slovenia," 23 Oct. 2019 For a more serene experience in the Julian Alps, head east from Bled to Velika Planina, a breathtaking plateau where nomadic herdsmen bring their dairy cattle every summer. Michael Hingston, Washington Post, "Don’t go for the obvious attraction in Slovenia," 23 Oct. 2019 From wading through large river crossings to watching the local herdsmen, Long fell in love with the country and communities along the route. Ben Church, CNN, "Meet the oldest winner of the world's longest horse race," 30 Aug. 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 26 May. 2020.

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herdsman

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How to pronounce herdsman (audio)

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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