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.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

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

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Definition of horde for English Language Learners

  • : a large group of people


HORDE Defined for Kids

horde

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Definition of horde for Students

  1. :  multitude, swarm a horde of ants



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