\ 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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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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The bulk of that group left and was replaced by a horde of youngsters. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football roster challenge interesting motivator by Harbaugh," 13 June 2018 Bonadurer was working at the Minneapolis Planetarium in August 2003 when the rarity of seeing Mars the closest to Earth in 60,000 years drew hordes of stargazers to parks, museums, planetariums and astronomy clubs around the world. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Night sky brings a treat this month as Mars is the brightest it has been in 15 years," 13 July 2018 The residents of Blaine will have to endure the polite hordes of Canadians who sojourn here regularly, congesting local roads, patronizing the booming parcel economy, and emptying grocery-store shelves of their favorite products. Alexandra Samuel, The Verge, "Welcome to Blaine, the town Amazon Prime built," 20 June 2018 Though there’s no reason to think swarming hordes of giant hogweed will soon threaten Richmond or the Washington area, officials have to keep this demon contained. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "‘Don’t touch it’: Invasive plant with sap that can cause blindness found in Virginia," 19 June 2018 In 2005, the Moorea reefs faced hordes of crown-of-thorn sea stars, which eat coral polyps. National Geographic, "These 38 Coral Reefs Are Thriving, Despite Threats," 18 June 2018 Dean stopped during the recent tour next to the California Tunnel Tree, which has long drawn hordes of folk who get their thrills walking through a hole that was carved through the trunk in 1895. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Mariposa Grove, Yosemite’s haven for giant sequoias, restored and ready for visitors," 13 June 2018 His game-tying shot in the dying seconds of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals is an iconic moment, sending hordes of fair-weather Heat fans who left the game early scurrying back to the stadium. Gray Rohrer, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Levine gets radio ad endorsement from Ray Allen," 5 June 2018 But there are a horde of other options that could be available down the board, including Georgia's Sony Michel and Nick Chubb as well as Southern California's Ronald Jones. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Three and out: New York Giants' 2018 NFL draft needs, prospects fits," 20 Apr. 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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Kids Definition of horde

: multitude, swarm a horde of ants

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