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a wandering group or a swarm: A horde of mosquitoes invaded the camp.
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hoard – a stash; to store away: In wartime people have a tendency to hoard supplies.
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1. A large group or crowd; a swarm: a horde of mosquitoes. See Synonyms at crowd1.
a. A nomadic Mongol or Turkic tribe.
b. A nomadic tribe or group.
[Ultimately (via German Horde, Polish horda, and kindred words in other languages of central Europe, with initial h-, of obscure origin) from Ukrainian orda, tribe or army of Mongols and Turkic peoples (as the Golden Horde) from North-Western Turkic ordï, encampment, residence, court, from Old Turkic ordu.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. a vast crowd; throng; mob
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a local group of people in a nomadic society
3. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a nomadic group of people, esp an Asiatic group
4. (Zoology) a large moving mass of animals, esp insects
(intr) to form, move in, or live in a horde
[C16: from Polish horda, from Turkish ordū camp; compare Urdu]
Usage: Horde is sometimes wrongly written where hoard is meant: a hoard (not horde) of gold coins
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
n., v. hord•ed, hord•ing. n.
1. a large group, multitude, or number; crowd.
2. a tribe or troop of Asian nomads.
3. any nomadic group.
4. a moving pack or swarm of animals.v.i.
5. to gather in a horde.
[1545–55; « Czech, Polish horda « Turkic ordu, orda royal residence or camp; compare Urdu]
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Hordea great company, esp. of savage or uncivilized people. See also gang, rabble, troop.
Examples: horde of barbarians: of Gauls, 1838; of gnats; of Goths, 1695; of insects, 1834; of misers—Lipton, 1970; of pirates, 1837; of regicides, 1796; of savages—Brewer, Tartars, 1594; of wolves, 1864; of young readers, 1888.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: horded
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|Noun||1.||horde - a vast multitude|
|2.||horde - a nomadic community|
community - a group of people living in a particular local area; "the team is drawn from all parts of the community"
Golden Horde - a Mongolian army that swept over eastern Europe in the 13th century
|3.||horde - a moving crowd |
crowd - a large number of things or people considered together; "a crowd of insects assembled around the flowers"
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noun crowd, mob, swarm, press, host, band, troop, pack, crew, drove, gang, multitude, throng A horde of people was screaming for tickets.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
1. An enormous number of persons gathered together:
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حَشْدٌ مِن، عَدَد كَبير من
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horde[ˈhɔːrd] n (= crowd) → horde f
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Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
a crowd or large number (of people etc). Hordes of tourists thronged the temple. horde حَشْدٌ مِن، عَدَد كَبير من орда horda houf; horda die Horde horde; sværm ορδήhorda; multitud kari گروه lauma hordeהמון भीड़ horda, rulja horda orang banyak hjörð, mergð orda 群れ 큰 무리 minia, orda bars; pūlis begitu ramai atau banyak hordehorde, menneskemasse horda ټولګی، ډله horda ceată полчище húf horda horda hord ฝูงชน kalabalık 一大群(人) орда گروہ bầy, lũ, đám （人）群
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