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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The performers need to convey tragedy and triumph to both the most distant attendee and the closest camera, as well as demonstrate a physical prowess that differentiates them from the ticket-buying horde. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "A legendary 1989 WWF match in Anchorage is one of the last holy grails in pro wrestling," 28 Dec. 2020 The first mayor to understand that his personality could be a key asset was Fiorello La Guardia, who was also the first to realize that the city’s press horde could be a helpful tool. Chris Smith, Town & Country, "What It Really Takes to Be the Mayor of New York City," 2 Dec. 2020 And the Snitch shambles through open fields of zombies but will react like a L4D Witch and scream to attract a horde if a squad doesn't team up and kill it quickly. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Back 4 Blood alpha test: Building decks, killing zombies, having co-op fun," 18 Dec. 2020 The handful of locals have been replaced by a horde of visitors. Joe Pappalardo, Science, "Fiery crash of SpaceX's Starship rocket ignites dreams of future spaceflight," 10 Dec. 2020 The excitement — and the horde — continued to swell as both teams exchanged touchdowns in the first overtime. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, "A Notre Dame celebration was reckless, but can it teach us about COVID-19 spread?," 14 Nov. 2020 Reilly's Cap is clearly the most desperate of the trio thanks to troubles at home, while Heidecker's Rook is a devout Christian struggling with being separated from his wife and horde of children. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Moonbase 8' is a pretty weightless Showtime comedy," 6 Nov. 2020 The pitch in my internal interview was getting out of the Beltway and writing stories about average Americans and leaving the congressional infighting to this horde of reporters here. Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Trump makes so many false claims, CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale has lost count," 30 Oct. 2020 Finally, just before the exit, participants would turn a corner and unexpectedly encounter a horde of snarling zombies. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New haunted house study suggests there’s a sweet spot for recreational fear," 3 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of horde was in 1555

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17 Jan 2021

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“Horde.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horde. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of horde

usually disapproving : a large group of people


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Kids Definition of horde

: multitude, swarm a horde of ants

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