horde

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See also: Horde and hörde

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Recorded in English since 1555. From Middle French horde, from German Horde, from Polish horda, from Russian орда (ordá), which may come directly from Mongol or from West Turkic (compare Tatar urda, 'horde', Turkish ordu, 'camp, army'), from Mongolian orda, ordu, 'court, camp, horde'; akin to Kalmuk orda.

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Noun[edit]

horde (plural hordes)

  1. A wandering troop or gang; especially, a clan or tribe of a nomadic people (originally Tatars) migrating from place to place for the sake of pasturage, plunder, etc.; a predatory multitude.
  2. A large number of people.
    We were beset by a horde of street vendors who thought we were tourists and would buy their cheap souvenirs.
    • 1907, Jack London, Before Adam, page Chapter IV
      It is true, the more progressive members of our horde lived in the caves above the river.

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Usage notes[edit]

  • Sometimes confused with hoard.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Horde.

Noun[edit]

horde c (singular definite horden, plural indefinite horder)

  1. horde

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

horde f (plural horden or hordes, diminutive hordetje n)

  1. A horde
  2. A troop of boy scouts, comprising no more than 24 cubs

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

horde f (plural horden, diminutive hordetje n)

  1. A gross sieve
  2. A hurdle
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References[edit]

  • M. J. Koenen & J. Endepols, Verklarend Handwoordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (tevens Vreemde-woordentolk), Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1969 (26th edition) [Dutch dictionary in Dutch]

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

horde f (plural hordes)

  1. A horde

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

horde m (definite singular horden; indefinite plural horder; definite plural hordene)

  1. horde