Origin of horde
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hordehoard, horde
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HORDE VS. HOARD
What’s the difference between horde and hoard?
Horde is a noun referring to a large group or mob of people, especially one considered in a negative way, as in I’d rather avoid the hordes of tourists. Hoard is a verb meaning to accumulate things and closely guard them, often in a greedy or excessive way, as in Dragons are known for hoarding treasure. It can also be used as a noun to collectively refer to the things that have been accumulated, as in a hoard of treasure.
The word horde is also used in a more specific way to refer to a group of nomads. It is especially associated with the Mongol army of the 1200s (sometimes known as the Golden Horde). Horde can also be a verb, meaning to gather or move in a horde, but this use is much less common.
Both words often relate to large groups, but a hoard is an accumulation of items, while a horde is a group of people (or animals).
To remember which spelling to use, remember that nomadic hordes sometimes travel on horses. The word hoard, on the other hand, hoards the letter A all for itself.
Here’s an example of horde and hoard used correctly in a sentence.
Example: A horde of invaders sacked the city and looted the royal treasure hoard.
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At noon, a _____ of hungry children will descend upon the cafeteria.
How to use horde in a sentence
It’s a perfect weeklong route for mountain lovers looking to escape the hordes visiting nearby parks and take in a bit of locals-only Washington.
Merck employed hordes of chemists to produce large quantities of chemical compounds for use in new drugs.Building a better chemical factory—out of microbes|Leigh Buchanan|August 24, 2021|MIT Technology Review
Its population explodes from about 5,000 to 250,000 when the vacation hordes descend.Help Wanted: An airbrush artist to save the summer|Todd Frankel|May 28, 2021|Washington Post
Every title sticks to the original’s formula of some kind of item management, exploration and puzzle solving — and, crucially, fighting off zombie hordes.
It was always there, a shuffling horde of familiar faces dissolved into vague, generic sketches.
But along with the cartoon funk is an all-too-real story of police brutality embodied by a horde of evil Pigs.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical|Stereo Williams|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Here is a title that, in its prologue, tasks players with fighting a horde of angels on top of a moving jet.Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie|Alec Kubas-Meyer|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps the threat of legal action has also played a role in curbing the horde of dyspeptic deviants.‘The Fappening’ Is Dead: From A-List Hacking Victims to D-Listers Accused of Leaking Nudes For PR|Marlow Stern|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mrs. Clooney has been followed around Athens during a three-day visit by a horde of paparazzi that number into the hundreds.
At about 10 p.m., a horde of Hungarian police officers raided the bar, demanding that everybody show their identification.American Racist Richard Spencer Gets to Play the Martyr in Hungary|James Kirchick|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In China the patriarch of a nomad horde became emperor of a nation retaining ancestor worship as its chief religious system.Man And His Ancestor|Charles Morris
The failure of this horde did not in the least check the proceedings of Sharp or Lauderdale or their like-minded colleagues.Hunted and Harried|R.M. Ballantyne
In 1810 a threatened attack from a marauding horde of Kafirs was averted in answer to prayer.Robert Moffat|David J. Deane
It was this inspiration that changed a strong German horde into a people that loved culture, art and education.Ways of War and Peace|Delia Austrian
He led the Auvergners to the left of the battle, where the Seljouk horde seemed thinnest.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis