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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 Of always being stared at in restaurants by the childless hordes, all of whom seem to be between the ages of 22 and 40 because no one else can afford to live here anymore? Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "Why would anyone bring a baby into the world that is SF?," 31 Jan. 2020 McCarthy was introduced as the Cowboys’ ninth head coach on Wednesday afternoon in front of a huge media horde, seven current Cowboys players, family and employees of the Cowboys and other businesses that are housed in The Star. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Dallas Cowboys introduce Mike McCarthy as head coach: ‘It is great to be here’," 8 Jan. 2020 This was the year a mere pile of bread reduced us to crazed, line-forming hordes wrapping around parking lots and spilling out onto the streets. Emily Heil, Houston Chronicle, "How 2019 became the Year of the Chicken Sandwich," 24 Dec. 2019 This was the year a mere pile of bread reduced us to crazed, line-forming hordes wrapping around parking lots and spilling out onto the streets. Washington Post, "How 2019 became the Year of the Chicken Sandwich," 17 Dec. 2019 For instance, in Liberia forest clearings for palm oil plantations attract hordes of typically forest-dwelling mice, lured there by the abundance of palm fruit around plantations and settlements. National Geographic, "Deforestation is leading to more infectious diseases in humans," 22 Nov. 2019 These characters as a classes for other modes such as horde. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Gears of War 5’ uses past to set path for its future," 6 Sep. 2019 Orbán is smart enough to know that Hunnic hordes and pan-Turkic brotherhoods are useful ways of maintaining his hegemony through popular enthusiasm. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 Fadhel spoke of the Taefiyah, the term Iraqis use when discussing the horrific sectarian cleansing that had pitted the country’s Sunnis and Shiites against each other; of Islamic State and the hordes of extremists who almost overran Baghdad. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "For Iraqis, an unwanted conflict threatens their country once more," 8 Jan. 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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8 Feb 2020

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“Horde.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horde?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=horde001. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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