Definition of shepherd in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHepərd/


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, herder, shepherdess, 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.
1.2 short for German shepherd.


[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.
2Guide or direct in a particular direction: we were shepherded around with great ceremony
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.
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.

Words that rhyme with shepherd


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Syllabification: shep·herd

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