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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English hord, from Old English hord (an accumulation of valuable objects cached for preservation or future use; treasure; hoard), from Proto-West Germanic *hoʀd, from Proto-Germanic *huzdą (treasure; hoard), of unknown origin, but possibly derived from Proto-Indo-European *kewdʰ- (to conceal, hide), thus meaning “something hidden”.[1] Cognate with German Hort (hoard; refuge), Icelandic hodd (treasure), Latin cū̆stōs (guard; keeper).


hoard (plural hoards)

  1. A hidden supply or fund.
    a hoard of provisions; a hoard of money
  2. (archaeology) A cache of valuable objects or artefacts; a trove.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English horden, from Old English hordian, from Proto-West Germanic *hoʀdōn.


hoard (third-person singular simple present hoards, present participle hoarding, simple past and past participle hoarded)

  1. To amass, usually for one's own private collection.
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  1. ^ Kroonen, Guus (2013) “*huzda-”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 260

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English hord, whorde, from Anglo-Norman hurde and Old French hourd, hourt (barrier, palisade), from Middle Dutch horde, from Old Dutch *hurd, from Proto-West Germanic *hurdi (wickerwork, braiding of branches, hurdle, scaffolding, military company).


hoard (plural hoards)

  1. A hoarding (temporary structure used during construction).
  2. A projecting structure (especially of wood) in a fortification, somewhat similar to and later superseded by the brattice.
    • 1993, Christopher C. Henige, Church Fortification in the Périgord:
      Eventually, the wooden hoards gave way to similar stone constructions called bretèches. These served exactly the same purpose as the hoard, sometimes being built over the same corbel brackets that had once supported hoards []
  3. A hoarding (billboard).
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Etymology 4[edit]



  1. Misspelling of horde.

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