sheep·​herd·​er ˈshēp-ˌhər-dər How to pronounce sheepherder (audio)
: a worker in charge of sheep especially on open range

Examples of sheepherder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Read some of the Statesman’s award-winning articles which included coverage of the University of Idaho homicides, Idaho’s sheepherders, the state’s faith-healing exemption and more. Alex Brizee, Idaho Statesman, 5 May 2024 Remains found on a Colorado trailhead by a sheepherder have been identified as a missing woman, deputies say. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 28 Feb. 2024 Inspired by the great ski resorts in Switzerland, Austria, and other parts of Europe, Union Pacific Railroad company built the world’s first ski chairlift there in the 1930s as a way to transform the area from a sleepy valley of sheepherders into America’s inaugural ski resort destination. Elizabeth Brownfield, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 The 35-year-old worked as a sheepherder on a grazing allotment in the San Juan National Forest near Durango, a small city in the southwest part of the state, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 13 July 2023 That didn’t deter some sheepherders who ferried their flocks over to graze several years later. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 July 2023 Emergency services personnel transported the sheepherder to a nearby regional medical center for initial treatment before flying him to Grand Junction for surgery. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 13 July 2023 DeSantis was speaking out at Laxalt’s annual Basque Fry, an event modeled after cookouts hosted by the former Nevada attorney general’s grandfather, U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt — the son of a Basque immigrant sheepherder. Steve Peoples, ajc, 17 June 2023 Sporting a fancy robe, the former sheepherder is indulging in expensive cigars, champagne, and a pair of prostitutes. Matt Cabral,, 19 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sheepherder was in 1871

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“Sheepherder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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sheep·​herd·​er ˈshēp-ˌhərd-ər How to pronounce sheepherder (audio)
: a worker in charge of a flock of sheep

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