AskDefine | Define herder

Dictionary Definition



1 German philosopher who advocated intuition over reason (1744-1803) [syn: Johann Gottfried von Herder]
2 someone who drives a herd [syn: herdsman, drover]

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  1. One who herds.



  1. herdsman

Extensive Definition

A herder is a worker who lives a possibly semi-nomadic life, caring for various domestic animals, in places where these animals wander pasture lands.
Usually if the person is a minor, he is called herdboy, if adult sometimes by contrast herdsman. Because their work is necessarily mostly outdoors, they move around from place to place in the course of their labours. The possibility exists that the lands upon which their beasts graze are not claimed as any single person's property.
A number of romantic legends have sprung up around some aspects of their way of life. Some herders whose lifestyles have become mainstays of fiction include:

See also


herder in German: Hirte
herder in Esperanto: Paŝtisto
herder in Latin: Pastor
herder in Dutch: Herder
herder in Quechua: Michiq
herder in Slovenian: Pastir
herder in Turkish: Çoban
herder in Hungarian: Pásztor
herder in Polish: juhas

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