sheep·​herd·​er | \ ˈshēp-ˌhər-dər How to pronounce sheepherder (audio) \

Definition of sheepherder

: a worker in charge of sheep especially on open range

Examples of sheepherder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But then the two of them bond and, with the logic of a fairy tale, Babe goes on to win the all-important sheepherder’s competition. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Sep. 2020 Today’s festival includes sheepdog trials, sheepherder hikes, Basque dance performances, and Zapotec botanical wool-dyeing classes. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, 15 Oct. 2019 Do yourself a favor and pause to talk to the sheepherders. Alex Schechter, National Geographic, 4 Nov. 2019 To view these almost-overgrown messages and art today, our small group tramped through prickly underbrush and tried to imagine the hard, solitary lives the sheepherders led. Sara Lessley, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2019 The son of a sheepherder from Iraq, Baghdadi, 48, was arrested by occupying American forces in 2004 and emerged radicalized from 11 months of captivity and came to assemble a potent terrorist force that overtook Al Qaeda., 28 Oct. 2019 The species was inadvertently saved in the early 1900s when sheepherders in the area transported some of the fish into a previously fishless portion of Silver King Creek above Llewellyn Falls. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2019 The Basque sheepherders who toiled here from the 1850s onward left lonely musings carved into the region’s aspen trees. Sara Lessley, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2019 Over the centuries, the region drew iron miners, sheepherders, and alpinists, but its isolation dissuaded many from planting roots. John Briley, National Geographic, 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of sheepherder

1871, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sheepherder

: a person who controls a flock of sheep : a person who herds sheep


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Kids Definition of sheepherder

: a person in charge of a flock of sheep

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