horde

noun
\ ˈhȯrd \

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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Synonyms for horde

Synonyms

army, bike [chiefly Scottish], cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, host, legion, mass, mob, multitude, press, rout, scrum, swarm, throng

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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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The island, about three times the size of Manhattan, has long been short of water and hordes of tourists have put an extra strain on supplies. Fox News, "Taiwan's Kinmen island begins importing water from China," 6 Aug. 2018 Instead, the film posits an inherent kinship between Trump and Kim — as members of that tiny elite that managed to rise above the ephemeral hordes, and achieve historic relevance. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s North Korean Propaganda Reveals His Contempt for Democracy," 13 June 2018 The dressing room doors opened and here came the media horde, stampeding across the carpet toward the faraway stall. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "After a Dismal Series Start, Tampa Bay Quickly Regrouped to Reach Eastern Conference Final," 6 May 2018 Between Chinese power struggles, peasant rebellions, invasions from warring Mongol hordes, the French occupation, and American bombing attacks, the city has undergone and continues to undergo tremendous growth and change. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 In fact, the game started its life as a co-operative survival game where players had to work together to build shelters and fight off zombie hordes. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 The M1 Abrams, optimized to fight hordes of Soviet tanks, was a pretty good combination of all three features that didn’t skimp in any particular field—and had the pricetag to show for it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s Next 'Tank' Could Look Like Anything," 11 Oct. 2018 There’s skateboard-style grinding mixed with hordes of zombies in a world that’s fun to explore. Tom Warren, The Verge, "The 10 best games for your new Xbox One," 26 Dec. 2018 And so there President Donald Trump was, in Manchester, N.H., on Monday afternoon, laying the blame for the opioid crisis gripping this country on the evil hordes streaming across the Mexican border — and our state line. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump bends the national opioid tragedy to bigotry," 22 Mar. 2018

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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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horde

noun

English Language Learners Definition of horde

usually disapproving : a large group of people

horde

noun
\ ˈhȯrd \

Kids Definition of horde

: multitude, swarm a horde of ants

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