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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.
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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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17 May 2022

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“Horde.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horde. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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: multitude, swarm a horde of ants

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