- The definition of a horde is a large, moving group of people.
The huge crowd leaving the Super Bowl is an example of a horde of people.
- a nomadic tribe or clan of Mongols
- any wandering tribe or group
- a large, moving crowd or throng; swarm
Origin of hordeFrench ; from German earlier horda ; from Polish ; from Turkish ordū, a camp ; from Tatar urdu, a camp, literally , something erected ; from urmak, to pitch (a camp)
- A large group or crowd; a swarm: a horde of mosquitoes. See Synonyms at crowd1.
- a. A nomadic Mongol or Turkic tribe.b. A nomadic tribe or group.
Origin of hordeUltimately (via German Horde, Polish horda, and kindred words in other languages of central Europe, with initial h-, of obscure origin) from Ukrainian orda, tribe or army of Mongols and Turkic peoples (as the Golden Horde) from North-Western Turkic ord&idie;, encampment, residence, court, from Old Turkic ordu.
- A wandering troop or gang; especially, a clan or tribe of a nomadic people (originally Tatars) migrating from place to place for the sake of pasturage, plunder, etc.; a predatory multitude.
- A large number of people.
- We were beset by a horde of street vendors who thought we were tourists and would buy their cheap souvenirs.
- Sometimes confused with hoard.
Recorded in English since 1555. From Middle French horde, from German Horde, from Polish horda, from Russian орда (ordá), which may come directly from Mongol or from West Turkic (compare Tatar urda, 'horde', Turkish ordu, 'camp, army'), from Mongolian orda, ordu, 'court, camp, horde'; akin to Kalmuk orda.