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1 a vast multitude [syn: host, legion]
2 a nomadic community
3 a moving crowd [syn: drove, swarm]

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Via horda, Russian ordá "horde, clan, troop", from Turkic orda, ordu "camp" (compare urdu). The initial h- first appears in Polish. First attested in English in the 1550s.


  • italbrac RP , /hɔːd/, /hO:d/
  • italbrac US , /hɔːrd/, /hO:rd/
  • Rhymes with: -ɔː(r)d



  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.


wandering troop or gang
a large number of people



horde (definite singular horden; indefinite plural horder; definite plural horderne)


Etymology 1


horde , sometimes (plural horden or hordes)
  1. horde
  2. troop of boyscouts, comprising no more then 24 cubs

Etymology 2


horde , sometimes (plural horden)
  1. a gross sieve
  2. hurdle

Derived terms




horde (plural hordes)



no-noun-reg-m hord

Extensive Definition

Horde, a term of Turkic origin meaning a clan of nomads (ultimately from the Turkic ordu, orda meaning "encampment" , cf. ; ; ; cf. the related term yurt), may refer to:
  • the White Horde, formed 1226.
  • the Blue Horde, formed 1227.
  • the Golden Horde, a Tatar-Mongol state established in the 1240s
  • the Nogai Horde, a Tatar clan situated in the Caucasus Mountain region, formed in the 1390s.
  • Jüz, the traditional divisions of Kazakh society, consisting of the Greater, Middle and Lesser Hordes.
In popular culture:


See also

  • Urdu, a Persianized register of the Khariboli language, takes its name from the same word.
  • not to be confused with unrelated Hoard "treasure".
disambig Horde
horde in German: Horde
horde in French: Horde
horde in Japanese: オルド
horde in Dutch: Horde
horde in Russian: Орда

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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