[hawrd, hohrd]
a large group, multitude, number, etc.; a mass or crowd: a horde of tourists.
a tribe or troop of Asian nomads.
any nomadic group.
a moving pack or swarm of animals: A horde of mosquitoes invaded the camp.
verb (used without object), horded, hording.
to gather in a horde: The prisoners horded together in the compound.

1545–55; earlier also hord, hordaCzech, Polish horda < Ukrainian dialect gordá, Ukrainian ordá, Old Russian (orig. in Zolotaya orda the Golden Horde), via Mongolian or directly < Turkic ordu, orda royal residence or camp (later, any military encampment, army); cf. Urdu

hoard, horde.

1. mob, herd, throng.
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horde (hɔːd)
1.  a vast crowd; throng; mob
2.  a local group of people in a nomadic society
3.  a nomadic group of people, esp an Asiatic group
4.  a large moving mass of animals, esp insects
5.  (intr) to form, move in, or live in a horde
usage  Horde is sometimes wrongly written where hoard is meant: a hoard (not horde) of gold coins

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Word Origin & History

1555, from W. Turkic (cf. Tatar urda "horde," Turkish ordu "camp, army"), to Eng. via Polish, Fr., or Sp. The initial -h- seems to have been attached in Polish.
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Example sentences
He's kidnapped by a horde of the creatures one night and implanted with a small
  bug that allows them to control his actions.
Not everyone in the horde was a howling teenage girl.
The media horde is as big as the revolutionary armies that freed the republic.
The characterization is wryly humorous, while a horde of ravenous lobsters give
  the plot a wildly ghoulish twist.
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