Use the word horde to describe a large crowd: “A horde of people followed the pop star as he left the airport in Helsinki.”

The noun horde is not for the sedate — the word typically is used to describe a group that is in motion, maybe even a little unruly, such as a horde of fans pursuing a film star or a horde of ants invading a picnic. If you are describing a calm, orderly gathering, the word group or crowd may be a better choice. You can save horde for the next time you need to describe, for example, your experience at a pre-Christmas sale (“A horde of holiday shoppers rushed toward the last discounted television set”).

Definitions of horde
  1. noun
    a vast multitude
    synonyms: host, legion
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    type of:
    concourse, multitude, throng
    a large gathering of people
  2. noun
    a moving crowd
    synonyms: drove, swarm
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    type of:
    a large number of things or people considered together
  3. noun
    a nomadic community
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    Golden Horde
    a Mongolian army that swept over eastern Europe in the 13th century
    type of:
    a group of people living in a particular local area
Commonly confused words

hoard / horde

To hoard is to squirrel stuff away, like gold bricks or candy wrappers. A horde is a crowd of people, usually, but it can also be a gang of mosquitoes, robots, or rabid zombie kittens.

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