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[hawrd, hohrd]
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  1. a large group, multitude, number, etc.; a mass or crowd: a horde of tourists.
  2. a tribe or troop of Asian nomads.
  3. any nomadic group.
  4. a moving pack or swarm of animals: A horde of mosquitoes invaded the camp.
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verb (used without object), hord·ed, hord·ing.
  1. to gather in a horde: The prisoners horded together in the compound.
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Origin of horde

1545–55; earlier also hord, hordaCzech, Polish horda < Ukrainian dialect gordá, Ukrainian ordá, Old Russian (orig. in Zolotaya orda the Golden Horde), via Mongolian or directly < Turkic ordu, orda royal residence or camp (later, any military encampment, army); cf. Urdu
Can be confusedhoard horde


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  • Of course there's a horde of applicants, but you're exceptional; you know that.

  • 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.

  • Wasn't it from the Szekler Stone that our fathers repulsed the whole Mongolian horde?


    Maurus Jokai

British Dictionary definitions for horde


  1. a vast crowd; throng; mob
  2. a local group of people in a nomadic society
  3. a nomadic group of people, esp an Asiatic group
  4. a large moving mass of animals, esp insects
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  1. (intr) to form, move in, or live in a horde
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Word Origin

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


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

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