[ hawrd, hohrd ]
/ hɔrd, hoʊrd /
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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
hoard, horde
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British Dictionary definitions for horde

/ (hɔːd) /


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
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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