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[hawrd, hohrd]
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  1. a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.: a vast hoard of silver.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc., in a hidden or carefully guarded place: to hoard food during a shortage.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to accumulate money, food, or the like, in a hidden or carefully guarded place for preservation, future use, etc.
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Origin of hoard

before 900; Middle English hord(e), Old English hord; cognate with Old Norse hodd, Old High German hort, Gothic huzd treasure; see hide1, hide2
Related formshoard·er, nounun·hoard·ed, adjective
Can be confusedhoard horde


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1. stockpile, reserve, cache, store, stock.
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Examples from the Web for hoard

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Historical Examples

  • Had the workmen dug six inches deeper, they would have found the hoard.

    Other Tales and Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • This was the one in which the dragon lay guarding the hoard.

  • It was like listening to a child babbling of its hoard of shells.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • In the grave on the hill a hoard it guarded, in the stone-barrow steep.



  • After his death the dragon takes possession of the hoard and watches over it.



British Dictionary definitions for hoard


  1. an accumulated store hidden away for future use
  2. a cache of ancient coins, treasure, etc
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  1. to gather or accumulate (a hoard)
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Derived Formshoarder, noun

Word Origin

Old English hord; related to Old Norse hodd, Gothic huzd, German Hort, Swedish hydda hut


Hoard is sometimes wrongly written where horde is meant: hordes (not hoards) of tourists
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Word Origin and History for hoard


Old English hord "treasure, valuable stock or store," from Proto-Germanic *huzdam (cf. Old Saxon hord "treasure, hidden or inmost place," Old Norse hodd, German Hort, Gothic huzd "treasure," literally "hidden treasure"), from PIE root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)).

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Old English hordian, cognate with Old High German gihurten, German gehorden, Gothic huzdjan, from the root of hoard (n.). Related: Hoarded; hoarding.

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