horde

noun
\ ˈhȯrd How to pronounce horde (audio) \

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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So what is exactly the Night King’s relationship with his undead horde? Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "'Game of Thrones' Science: How Do Wights Work?," 26 Apr. 2019 Machine learning is coming to the masses, and those hordes of DIY drones and robots are about to get a whole lot smarter. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's $99 Jetson Nano Developer Kit brings GPU-supercharged AI smarts to maker projects," 18 Mar. 2019 Daenerys' horde of Dothraki ambushed the Lannister loot train and routed them in the previous episode. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 In the four or five years since the end of the first Last of Us, Gross said the now-19-year-old Ellie has been able to finally find a sense of normalcy and family in a world broken by the Infected hordes. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The Last of Us: Part 2," 13 June 2018 There's no question that talk of invading hordes of immigrants rallies the Trump base. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Donald Trump's latest dog whistle on immigration is more like a scream," 2 Apr. 2018 In this case, the biggest one comes right at the top: after getting thrown off a horse, impaled by rebar, and cornered by two hordes of zombies, Rick manages to escape! Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead has condemned itself for all time," 5 Nov. 2018 One reason: a growing horde of Chinese investors who are contributing to large price moves and unusual trading patterns in some U.S. stocks. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "China’s Night Traders Are Moving U.S. Stocks," 12 Mar. 2019 Sure, it’s fun to team up with a buddy, and it’s nice to have someone around to revive you when you’re swarmed by a horde of Scorched. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 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 How to pronounce horde (audio) \

Kids Definition of horde

: multitude, swarm a horde of ants

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