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

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Violence between the nomadic Fulani herdsmen, who are mostly Muslims, and farmers, who are predominantly Christians, in Nigeria's middle belt dates back to 2013. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Muslim cleric who hid Christians during attacks honored in the US," 18 July 2019 It is believed that ancient Qiang herdsmen domesticated yaks some 10,000 years ago. National Geographic, "What is a yak?," 26 Mar. 2019 The jihadist attacks may also be an attempt to further exploit tensions between Tuaregs and Fulani herdsmen over land. Fox News, "Suspected jihadists kill 40 civilians in northeast Mali," 28 Apr. 2018 Derek Lawson, the head herdsman at the 1,300-acre Foxhollow cattle farm in Oldham County, said effigies have been mostly effective at Foxhollow. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky black vulture attacks: How to keep your pets and farm animals safe," 25 June 2019 Pallas is currently sailing through the bright constellation Boötes, the herdsman, located in the southeastern evening sky. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Spring meteor shower, and more top star-gazing events in April," 1 Apr. 2019 Sunday’s vote is the brainchild of Armin Capaul, a 67-year-old former cattle herdsman whose organic farm lies more than 3,000 feet above sea level in the Jura mountains along the border with France. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "Should Cows Have Horns? Switzerland Will Decide," 23 Nov. 2018 Portrait of alpaca herdsman while talking to Armando Tinta, a local travel guide, at the Jahuaycate pass. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 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

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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 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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