a person whose occupation is tending and herding cows.

Origin of cowherd

before 1000; Middle English couherde, Old English cūherde; see cow1, herd2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cowherd

Historical Examples of cowherd

  • Sometimes the cowherd received part of his pay in butter or cheese.

  • As the boy lay stretched on the ground I recognized the cowherd.

    Kari the Elephant

    Dhan Gopal Mukerji

  • I have seen a cub in a cowherd's that was said to be her child by him.'

    Privy Seal

    Ford Madox Ford

  • In the morning a cowherd came up the hill at the rising of the sun.

  • The cowherd replied: 'Our monarch has obtained this power through his high-mindedness.

British Dictionary definitions for cowherd



a person employed to tend cattle
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