shepherd

noun
shep·​herd | \ ˈshe-pərd How to pronounce shepherd (audio) \

Definition of shepherd

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who tends sheep
2 : pastor

shepherd

verb
shepherded; shepherding; shepherds

Definition of shepherd (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to tend as a shepherd
2 : to guide or guard in the manner of a shepherd shepherded the bill through Congress

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Synonyms for shepherd

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of shepherd in a Sentence

Verb She carefully shepherded the children across the street. They shepherded the bill through Congress.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For those wondering: A shepherd's hut is a type of tiny home, often on wheels. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "From tiny homes to shepherd's huts, travelers are thinking smaller, according to Airbnb," 11 Feb. 2020 But instead of carrying out the murder himself, Harpagus handed over the newborn to a shepherd, asking him to abandon the baby in the mountains. National Geographic, "History's first superpower sprang from ancient Iran," 6 Jan. 2020 About 107 actors appeared in costume as prophets, shepherds, Roman guards, angels and townspeople during the two-day presentation, which takes visitors on a tour of 1st Century Bethlehem and culminates with a visit to the Holy Family. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Park Ridge church’s Bethlehem Walk takes more than 1,000 visitors back to the birth of Jesus," 9 Dec. 2019 Kashmiri lamb ribs are complemented by an apricot and chile marmalade while the Hyderabadi lamb keema (ground meat) is topped with potatoes and served in a little pot to resemble a shepherd’s pie. Colleen Taylor Sen, chicagotribune.com, "A new wave of Indian restaurants, from street food to fine dining, is changing Chicago’s scene," 1 Oct. 2019 Dine Nez was a shepherd on the high mesa of the reservation near Jones Ranch, where rolling hills of pinon, ponderosa, juniper and oak are divided by lush meadows and deep canyons. Betty Reid, azcentral, "To Chester Nez, last of the original Code Talkers, the words are more than a code," 29 Aug. 2019 Reynaldo Valdez, a high school English teacher, played the part of Bartolo, a chicharon-munching shepherd. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "Teatro Audaz celebrates community, Latino heritage in on-stage performance," 22 Dec. 2019 The restaurant’s own farm products from Fruition Farms an hour south in Larkspur are not to be missed, nor are the house cheeses, like sheepskyr and shepherd’s halo. Josie Sexton, The Know, "The best Denver restaurants to take visiting friends and family," 20 Dec. 2019 Around me is a sea of sheep with no shepherd in sight. Chiara Goia, National Geographic, "Discover why this stunning region is Spain’s best-kept secret," 14 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Beyond lobbying, the coal industry has made some significant campaign contributions in the last year — particularly to those politicians who would shepherd the bill through. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Analysts say new 'coal bailout' could hike customer bills and keep coal plants running," 21 Jan. 2020 Several other PSAs shepherded by Roc Nation are already completed or in the works. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Roc Nation’s most significant impact with NFL must be far beyond Super Bowl music," 1 Feb. 2020 When shepherded by skilled and thoughtful artisans from source to sip, however, alcohol can reflect deliciousness with divine precision. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: How Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant highlights quality Tequila in its margaritas," 30 Dec. 2019 Nabokov’s introduction to the American literary scene was shepherded by Wilson, who solicited Nabokov’s writing for The New Republic in the early 1940s. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "Vladimir Nabokov’s Fighting Spirit," 10 Dec. 2019 Much of that was accomplished as part of the $175.5 billion state budget enacted in April, and other pieces were shepherded by leaders of the Assembly and Senate—even if Mr. Cuomo had also declared them priorities. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Winners and Losers in Albany’s Legislative Session," 23 June 2019 That project, as well as a laundry list of others planned for Logan Airport, may end up being shepherded by a new Massport chief executive. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Business is booming in Boston’s industrial port," 13 June 2019 The silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate. Bernard Mcghee, Twin Cities, "Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 The silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate. Washington Post, "Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of shepherd

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shepherd

Noun

Middle English sheepherde, from Old English scēaphyrde, from scēap sheep + hierde herdsman; akin to Old English heord herd

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The first known use of shepherd was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

18 Feb 2020

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“Shepherd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shepherd. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for shepherd

shepherd

noun
How to pronounce shepherd (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shepherd

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person whose job is to take care of sheep

shepherd

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shepherd (Entry 2 of 2)

: to guide (someone or something)

shepherd

noun
shep·​herd | \ ˈshe-pərd How to pronounce shepherd (audio) \

Kids Definition of shepherd

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who takes care of and guards a flock of sheep

shepherd

verb
shepherded; shepherding

Kids Definition of shepherd (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to take care of and guard a flock of sheep
2 : to gather, lead, or move in the manner of a shepherd She shepherded the children across the playground.

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