\ 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


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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But when the match resumed the next day, Gibson, 23, was visibly unnerved by the hordes of photographers, and Brough beat her in just 11 minutes. New York Times, "Althea Gibson, Tennis Star Ahead of Her Time, Finally Gets Her Due," 26 Aug. 2019 Francis hopes the modest proposal helps the city wrest control of the popular recreational lakes from the horde of riders who take over the waterways on summer weekends. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Belle Isle looks to clamp down on wild Jet Skis on Conway lakes," 6 Aug. 2019 Case in point, a short drive from Denver in the Front Range: Directly across Guanella Pass from the teeming hordes swarming Bierstadt looms the comparatively lonely thirteener Square Top Mountain, with a peak elevation of 13,794 feet. John Meyer, The Know, "Colorado’s 14ers are awe-inspiring hikes, but many 13ers are just as epic — and less crowded," 2 Aug. 2019 Shouldn’t this place be ransacked by hordes of tourists every hour of every day? Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "10 places to find a great meal along the overpriced dining wasteland of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile," 22 July 2019 The Honduran team’s air force plane was met by hordes of Salvadoran fans. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "When soccer teams from El Salvador and Honduras met 50 years ago, it really was a war," 24 June 2019 With Texas' tax-free holiday coming Aug. 9-12, hordes of back-to-school shoppers are expected in stores across the Houston area, looking to take advantage of no sales tax on clothing and school supplies. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "‘We’re scared, but we still need to buy things’ Houston shoppers react to El Paso shooting," 5 Aug. 2019 In the town of San José del Pacifico, located in the chilly southern mountains, coffee shops with European breakfast menus cater to hippie hordes which arrive in June, when psychedelic mushrooms sprout on the hills nearby. The Economist, "Can tourism boost one of Mexico’s poorest states?," 25 July 2019 Once a year, hordes of flying ants invade Britain – and this year was no exception. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Flying ants swarm into Britain in colossal hordes seen from space," 18 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of horde

usually disapproving : a large group of people


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: multitude, swarm a horde of ants

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to make a temporary encampment

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