Definition of shepherd in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɛpəd/


1A person who tends and rears sheep.
Example sentences
  • In numerous prints donkeys and sheep enslave millers and shepherds; farmers pull ploughs or carry sacks and baskets.
  • Its guidelines are the cause of the current turmoil among Canada's cattle farmers, shepherds and some parts of our dairy sector.
  • With very few white settlers in the far north, it was not uncommon for Aborigines to attack the sheep, shepherds or even station huts.
herdsman, herdswoman, shepherd boy, shepherdess;
North American  sheepman
1.1A member of the clergy who provides spiritual care and guidance for a congregation.
Example sentences
  • Spiritual shepherds are giving way to media specialists, programming consultants, stage directors, special effects experts, and choreographers.
  • We expect them to be our spiritual shepherds even as we hold them responsible for the programs and ministries in the parish.
  • Perhaps I can point out that a shepherd needs to take care of his flock.


[with object]
1 (usually as noun shepherding) Tend (sheep) as a shepherd.
Example sentences
  • I watched as Kit sped into the pen and began shepherding the sheep.
  • As he grew up, he lived in the hills surrounding his home tending and shepherding the mountainy sheep.
  • The episode will feature bullied pupils from a Bradford school who are given lessons to build their confidence by learning to shepherd sheep into a pen at the farm by shouting commands to Hope.
1.1Give guidance to (someone), especially on spiritual matters: she had to submit the control of her career and money to a group who shepherded her
More example sentences
  • Elders are given to the Church by Jesus Christ to carry on His work of shepherding His people.
  • If the child is a relative stranger to you, how wise is it to take on the responsibility of shepherding him to adulthood?
  • Most of us shepherd generous people; what we must do is impart biblical teaching that consistently connects stewardship with discipleship.
2 [with object and adverbial of direction] Guide or direct in a particular direction: I shepherded them through the door
More example sentences
  • Historic Scotland's have confirmed that visitors will buy a ticket for Maeshowe and will then be taken in groups from the mill to the cairn, with the guides shepherding them across the road.
  • He was one of 160 blacks chosen to serve on the Mason, a destroyer escort assigned to shepherd convoys of Army barges and tugs from the United States to England.
  • He has a major grumble about the way in which dive guides insist on shepherding divers around.
guide, conduct, usher, convoy, marshal, steer, herd, lead, take, escort, accompany, walk;
show, see, attend, chaperone


Old English scēaphierde, from sheep + obsolete herd 'herdsman'.

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