horde

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noun \ˈhȯrd\

Definition of horde

  1. 1a :  a political subdivision of central Asian nomadsb :  a people or tribe of nomadic life

  2. 2 :  a large unorganized group of individuals :  a teeming crowd or throng <hordes of peasants>

Examples of horde in a sentence

  1. A horde of tourists entered the museum.

  2. Hordes of reporters were shouting questions.

Origin and Etymology of horde

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


First Known Use: 1555

Synonym Discussion of horde

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>.

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HORDE Defined for English Language Learners

horde

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noun \ˈhȯrd\

Definition of horde for English Language Learners

  • : a large group of people


HORDE Defined for Kids

horde

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noun \ˈhȯrd\

Definition of horde for Students

  1. :  multitude, swarm <a horde of ants>



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