Horde Definition

hôrd
horde, hordes, hording
noun
hordes
A nomadic tribe or clan of Mongols.
Webster's New World
A large, moving crowd or throng; swarm.
Webster's New World
Any wandering tribe or group.
Webster's New World
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verb
horde, hordes, hording
To form or gather in a horde.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Horde

Noun

Singular:
horde
Plural:
hordes

Origin of Horde

  • Ultimately (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 ordï encampment, residence, court from Old Turkic ordu

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

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