- The definition of a shepherd is someone who cares for people or animals.
An example of a shepherd is someone who cares for sheep.
- To shepherd is defined as to herd or guide.
An example of to lead a group of people such as minister leads his congregation.
A shepherd with his sheep.
- a person who herds and takes care of sheep
- a leader of a group; esp., a minister
- German shepherd
Origin of shepherdMiddle English shephirde ; from Old English sceaphyrde: see sheep and amp; herd
- One who herds, guards, and tends sheep.
- One who cares for and guides a group of people, as a minister or teacher.
- A German shepherd.
transitive verbshep·herd·ed, shep·herd·ing, shep·herds
- To herd or tend as a shepherd. See Synonyms at guide.
- To guide or lead on a course: The counselors shepherded the campers toward the waterfront.
- To direct or instruct in a certain manner: shepherded the student through algebra.
Origin of shepherdMiddle English shepherde, from Old English scēaphierde : scēap, sheep + hierde, herdsman.
(third-person singular simple present shepherds, present participle shepherding, simple past and past participle shepherded)
From Old English sceaphierde (scēaphierde), a compound of scēap (“sheep”) and hierde (“herdsman”).