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 Their secret leaked the first weekend in June when the other herdsman, Happy Mthabela, showed some of the stones to guests at a wedding. New York Times, 4 July 2021 Noah Lemaiyan -- a herdsman clad in a red and blue shawl -- lives on the outskirts of Amboseli. CNN, 24 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 28 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of herdsman

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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