horde

[ hawrd, hohrd ]
/ hɔrd, hoʊrd /

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.

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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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

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

horde


n.

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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