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Definition of "herd" []

  • A group of cattle or other domestic animals of a single kind kept together for a specific purpose. (noun)
  • A number of wild animals of one species that remain together as a group: a herd of elephants. (noun)
  • A large number of people; a crowd: a herd of stranded passengers. (noun)
  • The multitude of common people regarded as a mass: "It is the luxurious and dissipated who set the fashions which the herd so diligently follow” ( Henry David Thoreau). See Synonyms at flock1. (noun)
  • To come together in a herd: The sheep herded for warmth. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "herd" in a sentence
  • ""A fearful storm burst over the town of Pau on this day; a thunderbolt fell, and defaced the royal arms over the castle-gateway; and a fine bull, which was called _the King_, from its stately appearance, the chief of a herd called _the royal herd_, terrified by the noise and clamour, precipitated itself over the walls into the ditch of the castle, and was killed."
  • "Over time you'll hear us use the term herd when referencing the majority of bloggers on the Net."
  • "Good place to start culling the herd is at a Palin rally."