Definition of hoard in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɔːd/


1A stock or store of money or valued objects, typically one that is secret or carefully guarded: he came back to rescue his little hoard of gold
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  • In one endless makeup bag there contained her secret stash, a hoard of makeup, creams, colors and bottles smelling of lavender and rose.
  • Good memories, mostly, and a hoard of treasures for the inner eye.
  • The squad put in some fantastic swims, collecting a hoard of medals in the process.
cache, stockpile, stock, store, collection, supply, reserve, reservoir, fund, accumulation, heap, pile, mass, aggregation, conglomeration, treasure house, treasure trove
informal stash
rare amassment
1.1An ancient store of coins or other valuable artefacts: a hoard of Romano-British bronzes
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  • High-class Roman artefacts and coin hoards north of the frontier have been interpreted as such diplomatic gifts or subsidies, but they are few in number.
  • Sober estimates of the numbers of coins in the Wanborough hoard, mostly of Iron Age gold and silver, start at over 9,000.
  • Last season finds included a hoard of four late bronze age socketed axes and the new art.
1.2An amassed store of useful information, retained for future use: a hoard of secret information about his work
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  • If we mined the other inquisition records for further nuggets, we might amass a useful hoard of such information.
  • Even so, he wrote no books and produced only a few papers and lectures, though he amassed an enormous hoard of notes.


[with object]
1Accumulate (money or valued objects) and hide or store away: thousands of antiques hoarded by a compulsive collector
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  • It works similar to a 401, which lets you hoard money before taxes for the future.
  • She is not a type of person who hoards her money in the bank for her own sake.
  • We are working with schools to make sure balances are used - so they are not just hoarding money.
store, store up, stock up on, stockpile, put aside, put by, put away, lay by, lay in, lay up, set aside, stow away, buy up, cache, amass, heap up, pile up, stack up;
collect, save, gather, garner, accumulate, husband, squirrel away, put to one side, put away for a rainy day
informal stash away, salt away
1.1Keep in one’s mind for future use: (as adjective hoarded) a year’s worth of hoarded resentments and grudges


The words hoard and horde have some similarities in meaning and are pronounced the same, so it is unsurprising that they are sometimes confused. A hoard is ‘a secret stock or store of something’, as in a hoard of treasure, while a horde is a disparaging word for ‘a large group of people’, as in hordes of fans descended on the stage. Instances of hoard being used instead of horde are not uncommon: around a quarter of citations for hoard in the Oxford English Corpus are for the incorrect use.


Old English hord (noun), hordian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to German Hort (noun), horten (verb).

  • horde from Old English:

    A horde was originally a tribe or troop of nomads, such as the Tartars led by Genghis Khan, who migrated from place to place in search of new pasture or plunder. The word comes from Polish horda, which is itself from Turkish ordu ‘royal camp’, from which the language name Urdu (late 18th century) also derives. The word is often confused with hoard (Old English) a Germanic word for ‘a secret stock or store’.

Words that rhyme with hoard

aboard, abroad, accord, afford, applaud, award, bawd, board, broad, chord, Claude, cord, ford, fraud, gaud, Gawd, horde, laud, lord, maraud, milord, sward, sword, toward, unawed, unexplored, unrestored, ward

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