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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 In the days since a pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, senior leaders of the 2.1 million active-duty and reserve troops have been grappling with fears that former or current service members will be found among the horde. New York Times, "Pentagon Accelerates Efforts to Root Out Far-Right Extremism in the Ranks," 18 Jan. 2021 Here’s what experts say: A horde of rioters incited by President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, breaching security perimeters, marching inside and ransacking property in a siege that left four people dead. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Jan. 7-13," 21 Jan. 2021 Or perhaps The Office was a singularly popular show with a horde of devoted binge-watchers who will now make Netflix pay the price for losing it to a competitor. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "“The Office” is the most powerful force in streaming," 13 Jan. 2021 On Wednesday, the day a horde of protesters breached the U.S. Capitol, disrupting efforts to certify the election of Joe Biden, the U.S. recorded 3,865 virus deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Star Tribune, "US registering highest deaths yet from the coronavirus," 7 Jan. 2021 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

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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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10 Feb 2021

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“Horde.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horde. Accessed 26 Feb. 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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