herds·​man ˈhərdz-mən How to pronounce herdsman (audio)
: a manager, breeder, or tender of livestock
capitalized : boötes

Examples of herdsman in a Sentence

a lone herdsman stood with his sheep and his dog on the hillside
Recent Examples on the Web The wheel, keeping pace with the herdsman, will follow. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 May 2024 Even as the country became Buddhist in the 16th century, the herdsmen found solace in its reassuring rituals and its promise of contact with the spirit world. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2024 While this constellation isn’t formally recognized anymore, the Quadrantids’ meteors now seemingly emanate from the northern part of the constellation Boötes, the herdsman. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Jan. 2024 Outside, cattle graze across the rolling hills and the voices of herdsmen are a distant soundtrack. Nokukhanya Musi, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Aug. 2023 Taiping, a former herdsman, now runs his own jerky factory and has more than one million followers. Vivian Wang, New York Times, 28 Apr. 2023 The elderly herdsman walks, with his donkey, to visit the residents of a distant wooden house; villagers are gathered at a church service; spelunkers meet by night and pore over what looks like maps—not in absolute silence but from a distance that renders their few murmurs of talk indistinct. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 11 May 2022 The kite rising sideways in the east is from Boötes the herdsman. Corey S Powell, Discover Magazine, 27 Mar. 2014 In the Qinghai Province of China in 2009, 12 people were infected after a herdsman was exposed to plague from a sick dog. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 29 Oct. 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

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 18 Jun. 2024.

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herds·​man ˈhərdz-mən How to pronounce herdsman (audio)
: a manager, breeder, or tender of livestock

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