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shepherd

[shep-erd] /ˈʃɛp ərd/
noun
1.
a person who herds, tends, and guards sheep.
2.
a person who protects, guides, or watches over a person or group of people.
3.
a member of the clergy.
4.
the Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
5.
verb (used with object)
6.
to tend or guard as a shepherd:
to shepherd the flock.
7.
to watch over carefully.
Origin of shepherd
1050
before 1050; Middle English shepherde, Old English scēphyrde. See sheep, herd2
Related forms
shepherdless, adjective
shepherdlike, adjective
undershepherd, noun
unshepherded, adjective
unshepherding, adjective
Synonyms
2. protector, guardian, defender, keeper.

Shepherd

[shep-erd] /ˈʃɛp ərd/
noun
1.
a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for shepherd
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  • The doctor is nearing them rapidly; they can imagine the shepherd's tartan.

  • One of the months in the "shepherd's Calendar" is composed in it.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • Grief is not an inmate of the plain; the hours of the shepherd are sped in gaiety and mirth.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • You too are young and uninured even to the misfortunes of the shepherd.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • But, oh, shepherd, what avails it to live in hopeless misery?

    Imogen William Godwin
British Dictionary definitions for shepherd

shepherd

/ˈʃɛpəd/
noun
1.
a person employed to tend sheep Female equivalent shepherdess, related adjectives bucolic pastoral
2.
a person, such as a clergyman, who watches over or guides a group of people
verb (transitive)
3.
to guide or watch over in the manner of a shepherd
4.
(Australian rules football) to prevent opponents from tackling (a member of one's own team) by blocking their path
Word Origin
from Old English sceaphirde. See sheep, herd²

Shepherd

noun
1.
(astronomy) a small moon of (e.g.) Saturn orbiting close to the rings and partly responsible for ring stability
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Word Origin and History for shepherd
n.

Old English sceaphierde, from sceap "sheep" (see sheep) + hierde "herder," from heord "a herd" (see herd (n.)). Cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schaphirde, Middle High German schafhirte, German dialectal Schafhirt. Shepherds customarily were buried with a tuft of wool in hand, to prove on Doomsday their occupation and be excused for often missing Sunday church. Shepherd's pie is recorded from 1877.

v.

1790, "to herd sheep," from shepherd (n.). The metaphoric sense of "watch over or guide" is first recorded 1820. Related: Shepherded; shepherding.

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