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horde

[ hawrd, hohrd ]
/ hɔrd, hoʊrd /
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noun

a large group, multitude, number, etc.; a mass or crowd: a horde of tourists.
a tribe or troop of Asian nomads.
any nomadic group.
a moving pack or swarm of animals: A horde of mosquitoes invaded the camp.

verb (used without object), hord·ed, hord·ing.

to gather in a horde: The prisoners horded together in the compound.

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Origin of horde

First recorded in 1545–55; earlier also hord, horda, ultimately from Czech, Polish horda, from Ukrainian dialect gordá, Ukrainian ordá, Old Russian (originally in the phrase Zolotaya orda “the Golden Horde”), via Mongolian or directly from Turkic ordu, orda “royal residence or camp” (later, “any military encampment, army”); cf. Urdu

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH horde

hoard, horde
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British Dictionary definitions for horde

horde
/ (hɔːd) /

noun

a vast crowd; throng; mob
a local group of people in a nomadic society
a nomadic group of people, esp an Asiatic group
a large moving mass of animals, esp insects

verb

(intr) to form, move in, or live in a horde

Word Origin for horde

C16: from Polish horda, from Turkish ordū camp; compare Urdu

usage for horde

Horde is sometimes wrongly written where hoard is meant: a hoard (not horde) of gold coins
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