Definition of shepherd in English:


Syllabification: shep·herd
Pronunciation: /ˈSHepərd


  • 1A person who tends and rears sheep.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1A member of the clergy who provides spiritual care and guidance for a congregation.
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    • 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.
  • 1.2 short for German shepherd.


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  • 1 (usually as noun shepherding) Tend (sheep) as a shepherd.
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    • 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
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    • 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.
  • 2Guide or direct in a particular direction: we were shepherded around with great ceremony
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    • 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.
    usher, steer, herd, lead, take, escort, guide, conduct, marshal, walk; show, see, chaperone


Old English scēaphierde, from scēap 'sheep' + hierde 'herder;' see sheep and herd.

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