\ˈhȯrd \

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


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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By convincing the world’s other great Old Master collections, from Madrid’s Prado to New York’s Frick Museum, to hand over the jewels in their respective crowns, Vienna has assembled a kind of art-historical horde. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Strange and Stirring Bruegel," 7 Sep. 2018 Xerox’s request: that Fuji add $1.25 billion to the dividend, not by piling more debt on Fuji Xerox, but from Fuji’s own cash horde. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Paper Jam! How Carl Icahn And a Billionaire Partner Blocked Xerox’s Merger with Fujifilm," 21 May 2018 As promised during the original announcement, Eternal introduces hell on Earth, with a new setting that brings the demon hordes off of Mars and down to our home planet; though there are still sci-fi locations like the Martian moon Phobos. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Get your first look at Doom Eternal in new trailer," 10 Aug. 2018 On a Friday night, the bar feels like a mere way station for hordes waiting to be seated in the dining room. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Miss the old South Philly? It lives on at Villa di Roma," 24 Apr. 2018 The video, which dropped on November 7, features Ariana in a train station, moving slowly as hordes of people rush around her. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's "Breathin'" Music Video Features a Hidden Clue About Her Next Album," 7 Nov. 2018 This quiet coastal city accustomed to hosting South Korean tourists at its beaches and pine forests is now gearing up for something it's never seen before — hordes of foreign visitors attending the upcoming Winter Olympics. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "This quiet South Korean city prepares for hordes of foreigners at 2018 Winter Olympics," 30 Jan. 2018 Voyager proved that assumption wrong; Cassini's mission was to survey Saturn's horde of satellites and return some understanding of their histories. Carolyn Porco, Scientific American, "Cassini at Saturn: A Retrospective," 1 Oct. 2017 Here on the central Asian steppe, the ancient home of Genghis Khan and his Mongol horde, the nomads are brought up tough. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of horde

: a large group of people


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: multitude, swarm a horde of ants

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