horde

noun
\ ˈhȯrd How to pronounce horde (audio) \

Definition of horde

1a : a political subdivision of central Asian nomads
b : a people or tribe of nomadic life
2 : a large unorganized group of individuals : a teeming crowd or throng hordes of peasants

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Synonyms for horde

Synonyms

army, bike [chiefly Scottish], cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, host, legion, mass, mob, multitude, press, rout, scrum, swarm, throng

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crowd, throng, horde, crush, mob mean an assembled multitude. crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together. a crowd gathered throng and horde suggest movement and pushing. a throng of reporters a horde of shoppers crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort. a crush of fans mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence. an angry mob

Examples of horde in a Sentence

A horde of tourists entered the museum. Hordes of reporters were shouting questions.

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One reason: a growing horde of Chinese investors who are contributing to large price moves and unusual trading patterns in some U.S. stocks. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "China’s Night Traders Are Moving U.S. Stocks," 12 Mar. 2019 Sure, it’s fun to team up with a buddy, and it’s nice to have someone around to revive you when you’re swarmed by a horde of Scorched. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 2018 Warning: The trailer features a horde of scorpions piled into a large fig. Zoe Harris, Marie Claire, "The 'American Horror Story: Apocalypse' Trailer Is Finally Here and Creepy as Hell," 6 Aug. 2018 The movement, which began in France in 2003, often uses a black-and-yellow flag with a symbol that represents the Spartans’ shields at the battle of Thermopylae (when Europeans resisted a Persian horde). The Economist, "How “identitarian” politics is changing Europe," 28 Mar. 2018 Away from the London hordes in a small alley in Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard is a dramatic departure in a city most often characterized by the color gray. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 In addition to hordes of visitors and engagement with the museum, curators saw an unexpected artistic response to the petrified muck. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "London museum is livestreaming a key 21st-century artifact—festering sewage," 18 Aug. 2018 Summer visitors to the Eastern High Sierra may notice this remote mountain range, but only a handful of visitors go there compared to the hordes that fish, hike, or simply relax in the more verdant Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wonders await in the White Mountains," 16 June 2018 Kreuze has been scooping the hordes of mantises into a giant box with the hope of giving them to someone who actually wants to live with praying mantises. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Dozens of Praying Mantis Babies Crawled Out of a Woman's Christmas Tree," 9 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of horde

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for horde

Middle French, German, & Polish; Middle French & German, from Polish horda, from Ukrainian dialect gorda, alteration of Ukrainian orda, from Old Russian, from Turkic orda, ordu khan's residence

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horde

noun

English Language Learners Definition of horde

usually disapproving : a large group of people

horde

noun
\ ˈhȯrd How to pronounce horde (audio) \

Kids Definition of horde

: multitude, swarm a horde of ants

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