Horde meaning

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A large group or crowd; a swarm.

A horde of mosquitoes.

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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.

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A nomadic tribe or clan of Mongols.
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Any wandering tribe or group.
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A large, moving crowd or throng; swarm.
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To form or gather in a horde.
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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.
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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.

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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