- 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.
- to gather in a horde: The prisoners horded together in the compound.
Origin of horde
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Examples from the Web for horde
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
January 9, 2015
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
October 24, 2014
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
October 18, 2014
Mrs. Clooney has been followed around Athens during a three-day visit by a horde of paparazzi that number into the hundreds.Can Amal Clooney Save Greece’s Antiquities?
October 15, 2014
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
October 7, 2014
Of course there's a horde of applicants, but you're exceptional; you know that.The Bacillus of Beauty
If there are houses there, and stores for the sun-time, who will shut them to this horde of desperadoes?The House Under the Sea
Sir Max Pemberton
Smothered and lost were the warriors in the horde that poured increasingly on.
The horde of Saxons took flight into the hall, and there they stood and got breath.King Arthur's Knights
Wasn't it from the Szekler Stone that our fathers repulsed the whole Mongolian horde?Manasseh
- 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
- (intr) to form, move in, or live in a horde
Word Origin and History for horde
1550s, from W. Turkic (cf. Tatar urda "horde," Turkish ordu "camp, army"), to English via Polish, French, or Spanish. The initial -h- seems to have been acquired in Polish. Transferred sense of "uncivilized gang" is from 1610s. Related: Hordes.