shepherd

[ shep-erd ]
/ ˈʃɛp ərd /

noun

verb (used with object)

to tend or guard as a shepherd: to shepherd the flock.
to watch over carefully.

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Origin of shepherd

before 1050; Middle English shepherde, Old English scēphyrde. See sheep, herd2

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Definition for shepherd (2 of 2)

Shepherd
[ shep-erd ]
/ ˈʃɛp ərd /

noun

a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for shepherd (1 of 2)

shepherd
/ (ˈʃɛpəd) /

noun

a person employed to tend sheepFemale equivalent: shepherdess Related adjectives: bucolic, pastoral
a person, such as a clergyman, who watches over or guides a group of people

verb (tr)

to guide or watch over in the manner of a shepherd
Australian rules football to prevent opponents from tackling (a member of one's own team) by blocking their path

Word Origin for shepherd

from Old English sceaphirde. See sheep, herd ²

British Dictionary definitions for shepherd (2 of 2)

Shepherd

noun

astronomy a small moon of (e.g.) Saturn orbiting close to the rings and partly responsible for ring stability
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