herds·​man | \ˈhərdz-mən \

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

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Some states, such as Benue, have passed laws that ban herdsmen from grazing cattle on open land. The Economist, "Fighting between Nigerian farmers and herders is getting worse," 7 June 2018 State police spokesman Terver Akase told CNN the attackers were thought to be Fulani cattle herdsmen, Bello Bodejo, head of the cattle herders association, Miyetti Allah, denied the group's involvement in the attacks. Bukola Adebayo And Stephanie Busari, CNN, "Nigerian lawmakers summon President Buhari over church killings," 26 Apr. 2018 How racist is that to appropriate the diet of Central Asian herdsmen from 6000 B.C.? Fox News, "Trump slams 'disgraceful' leak of Mueller questions," 2 May 2018 In late April, about 30 nomadic Fulani herdsmen were blamed for storming St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church in the rural Middle Belt and killing at least 17 worshipers and two priests. Emmanuel Akinwotu, New York Times, "Nigeria’s Farmers and Herders Fight a Deadly Battle for Scarce Resources," 25 June 2018 There are nonetheless signs of life: a gas pump outside Arlit, a power line bringing electricity to nearby uranium mines, a herdsman and the ubiquitous camel, which thrives where most fear to tread. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Traveling off the map on the Trans-Sahara highway," 25 June 2018 And all about are the goats with silky, long ears, whistled to order by herdsmen who make the sound pinching a leaf between their teeth. Victoria Mather, A-LIST, "India Files: the Princely Grandeur of Rajasthan," 20 June 2018 Senior security officials say some Fulani groups have hired defectors from Boko Haram to carry out killings, a claim the herdsmen deny. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Dwindling Farmland Sparks a Deadly Conflict in Nigeria," 27 May 2018 Outside of the crater a similar drama continues in a more spread out manner with Masai herdsmen thrown into the mix. Julian Harrison, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Africa," 5 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of herdsman

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of herdsman

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


herds·​man | \ˈhərdz-mən \
plural herdsmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of herdsman

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

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