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 There’s an assertive shepherd named Love That Judge Judy. Dallas News, "Denton dog named for ‘Tonight Show’ host racks up blue-ribbon wins," 1 Jan. 2021 The Biden family adopted the black-and-white rescue shepherd from the Delaware Humane Association in 2018, 10 years after acquiring Champ. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Biden dogs star in charming Christmas video; Trumps recount Christmas 'miracle' in theirs," 25 Dec. 2020 A month later, Gizmo and Artemis, a small shepherd mix, and four puppies were the first clients at the nonprofit’s first mobile clinic. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "A heart for four-legged friends of San Antonio’s homeless: Couple creates nonprofit to give health care to pet dogs of the homeless," 5 Jan. 2021 That national win was just the latest in a string of accolades for the 6-year-old shepherd. Dallas News, "Denton dog named for ‘Tonight Show’ host racks up blue-ribbon wins," 1 Jan. 2021 In 1954, his design of a minuscule shepherd standing under pink tree boughs while gazing at a shining star sold more than a million copies. Karen Fang, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Tyrus Wong’s Christmas Cards Captivated the American Public," 19 Nov. 2020 Or as confused and frantic as Rembrandt’s terrified shepherd. Washington Post, "Joe Biden warned of a ‘dark winter.’ Why does living in it feel so . . . unreal?," 20 Dec. 2020 The dog, a male shepherd mix thought to be around 3 years old, was found near the Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve by Pacific Beach Drive and Olney Street last Tuesday, the Humane Society said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Humane Society investigating felony animal cruelty after ‘severely emaciated’ dog abandoned in Pacific Beach," 14 Dec. 2020 This genuinely moving film centers on a young shepherd, Lucas, who's blinded by lightning and taken in by nuns. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "11 Claymation Christmas Movies That Will Remind You of Your Childhood," 1 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was reelected to a new term to lead the chamber as the 117th Congress convened Sunday, with the California Democrat set to shepherd her party through a new Congress with the slimmest majority in years. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Pelosi reelected speaker as new Congress prepares to be sworn in," 3 Jan. 2021 Every filmmaker dreams of creating the next breakout hit, and ownership of gross points is a powerful motivator that helps shepherd these films. Ben Everard, WSJ, "Why Covid Won’t Kill Movie Theaters," 30 Dec. 2020 But for all of their progressive intentions, Instagram callouts lack the structure that can shepherd them from initial bursts of energy to practical resolution and long-term change. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "The restaurant equity revolution will not be Instagrammed," 21 Dec. 2020 As a congressman, Becerra played an important role in helping pass the 2010 healthcare law, often called Obamacare, working alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) to shepherd the bill through the House. Los Angeles Times, "Biden picks California Atty. Gen. Becerra for Health and Human Services secretary," 6 Dec. 2020 In that context, experts in Europe see an opportunity — perhaps, even a responsibility — to help shepherd the rapprochement along. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist raises the stakes for Biden," 30 Nov. 2020 Musk hopes the Starship will someday shepherd people to the moon, Mars and beyond. Brandon Lingle, ExpressNews.com, "SpaceX edging closer to launching Starship from South Texas," 25 Nov. 2020 Mike and the other handlers shepherd the team toward their parking lot camping spot as Ashley unzips the canvas sled bag and Zephyr, curled up inside, lifts his buttery gold face up to look at her. Alex Kormann, Star Tribune, "Exhaustion, injury, freezing cold: This Beargrease dog race competitor braves it all to win," 24 Nov. 2020 Lauren de Normandie will shepherd In the Shadow of the Mountain for One Community. Tatiana Siegel, Billboard, "Selena Gomez to Play Trailblazing Gay Mountaineer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado in New Movie," 11 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for shepherd

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

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Last Updated

23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Shepherd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shepherd. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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