A hostile force.
(Anglo-Saxon) An invading army, either that of the enemy, or the national troops serving abroad. Compare fyrd.
Origin of Here
From Old Scots heir, from Middle English here, heere (“army”), from Old English here (“army”), from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (“army”), from Proto-Indo-European *kory- (“war, troops”). Cognate with Old Saxon heri (“army”), Dutch heer, heir, Old High German heri, hari (German Heer, “army”), Danish hær (“army”), Gothic (harjis, “army”). More at harry.
From Middle English here, from Old English hēr (“in this place”), from Proto-Germanic *hē₂r, from Proto-Indo-European *ki- (“this”) + adverbial suffix *-r. Cognate with the English pronoun he, German hier, Dutch hier, her, Icelandic hér, Faroese, Norwegian, Danish her, Swedish här.
Middle English from Old English hēr ko- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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