[ hurdz-muhn ]
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noun,plural herds·men.
  1. a herder; the keeper of a herd, especially of cattle or sheep.

  2. Herdsman, Astronomy. the constellation Boötes.

Origin of herdsman

First recorded in 1595–1605; herd1 + 's1 + -man; compare earlier herdman,Middle English hird-man, Old English hyrdemann

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How to use herdsman in a sentence

  • Galerius, an Illyrian herdsman, but exhibited more conspicuously upon the throne of empire the native barbarity of his character.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • If a man has hired a herdsman for the cows or a shepherd for the sheep, he shall give him eight gur of corn per annum.

    The Oldest Code of Laws in the World | Hammurabi, King of Babylon
  • Just about sundown the stately herdsman again appeared with his motley following.

    Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
  • One of these stones, fifteen inches in diameter, broke through the roof of a cottage, and killed a herdsman and a bullock.

    The Rain Cloud | Anonymous

British Dictionary definitions for herdsman


/ (ˈhɜːdzmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. mainly British a person who breeds, rears, or cares for cattle or (rarely) other livestock in the herd: US equivalent: herder

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