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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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 The island, about three times the size of Manhattan, has long been short of water and hordes of tourists have put an extra strain on supplies. Fox News, "Taiwan's Kinmen island begins importing water from China," 6 Aug. 2018 Instead, the film posits an inherent kinship between Trump and Kim — as members of that tiny elite that managed to rise above the ephemeral hordes, and achieve historic relevance. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s North Korean Propaganda Reveals His Contempt for Democracy," 13 June 2018 The dressing room doors opened and here came the media horde, stampeding across the carpet toward the faraway stall. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "After a Dismal Series Start, Tampa Bay Quickly Regrouped to Reach Eastern Conference Final," 6 May 2018 Between Chinese power struggles, peasant rebellions, invasions from warring Mongol hordes, the French occupation, and American bombing attacks, the city has undergone and continues to undergo tremendous growth and change. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016

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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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