A shepherd is a person who herds flocks or groups of animals. If you traveled to Tibet, you might see a yak shepherd.

Shepherd comes from the Old English sceaphierde: sheepherder. Such a person protects sheep from animals that would attack them, keeps them from wandering, and otherwise takes care of the flock. The word is also a verb that describes care of a group — sheep, other animals, even people. You might shepherd your herd of goats, or shepherd your younger siblings through the transition from elementary to middle school.

Definitions of shepherd
  1. noun
    a herder of sheep (on an open range); someone who keeps the sheep together in a flock
    synonyms: sheepherder, sheepman
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    a woman shepherd
    type of:
    drover, herder, herdsman
    someone who drives a herd
  2. noun
    a clergyman who watches over a group of people
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    type of:
    clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend
    a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
  3. verb
    tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats
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    type of:
    have care of or look after
  4. verb
    watch over like a shepherd, as a teacher of her pupils
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    type of:
    guard, ward
    watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect
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