Definition of horde in English:

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Pronunciation: /hôrd/


1chiefly derogatory A large group of people: he was surrounded by a horde of tormenting relatives
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  • Few men ever enter the hallowed portals of the bridal shop and the dress, once bought, is jealously guarded from male sight by a horde of female relatives.
  • There's even a marvelous impression of an infatuated audience given by a horde of panting extras.
  • He got savaged, for the umpteenth time, by a horde of ravening Republicans.
1.1An army or tribe of nomadic warriors: Tartar hordes
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  • Residents need not fear an invading horde of Iceni warriors, for it is the 16 ft tall statue of Colchester's first lady that is making a comeback.
  • A barrier of shimmering light appeared, stretching from wall to wall and ceiling to floor just as the horde of evil warriors ran straight into it, letting out cries of rage at a magic they could not get though.
  • The feudal ownership of land did bring dignity, whereas the modern ownership of movables is reducing us again to a nomadic horde.
crowd, mob, pack, gang, group, troop, army, legion, swarm, mass, herd, rabble;
throng, multitude, host, band, flock, drove, press, crush
informal crew, tribe, pile
2 Anthropology A loosely knit small social group typically consisting of about five families.
Example sentences
  • After the slaying and cannibalising of the primal father, if the horde was to survive, there had to be a prohibition against murder and another against incest.
  • And without the ties of kinship, we would be nothing more than a disconnected horde.
  • The criminal deed is the sons' murder of the tribal patriarch who had monopolized the women of the horde.


The words hoard and horde are quite distinct; see hoard (usage).


Mid 16th century (originally denoting a tribe or troop of Tartar or other nomads): from Polish horda, from Turkish ordu '(royal) camp'.

  • 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 horde

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

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