- 1chiefly • derogatory A large group of people: a horde of beery rugby fansMore example sentences
- 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 hordesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 Anthropology A small loosely knit social group typically consisting of about five families.More example sentences
- That primitive society took the form of a horde, the leader of which horde, the horde-father, actuated by his sexual jealousy, habitually treated his sons with extreme brutality.
- 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.
mid 16th century (originally denoting a tribe or troop of Tartar or other nomads): from Polish horda, from Turkish ordu '(royal) camp'.
The words hoard and horde are quite distinct; see hoard (usage).