Meaning of cowherd in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkaʊhəːd/

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  • A person who tends grazing cattle.

    ‘Schools and shops closed: milkmaids and cowherds had taken a holiday.’
    • ‘Born among those who tend cattle, the cowherd Krishna indulged in endless pranks.’
    • ‘They travelled in a decorated chariot, followed on foot by the cowherds.’
    • ‘Krishna raises Mount Govardhan on his little finger to save the milkmaids and cowherds from a terrible storm.’
    • ‘Telemachus joins him with the cowherd and the swineherd.’
    • ‘Cowherds and shepherdesses wandered past with their flocks, shy and silent.’
    • ‘He might as well claim, absurdly, that cowherds fatten their flocks for the good of the cows themselves.’
    • ‘A hope that one day, the dusky, beautiful God of the cowherds and the shepherds would salvage her callously broken dreams.’
    • ‘She is the last to sleep, the first to wake even earlier than the early-rising cowherds and shepherds.’
    • ‘The cowherds in the distance beckoned their cattle.’
    • ‘The much-despised Munnuswamy, was a cowherd who sold milk to the people in the Big House.’
    • ‘Born in the darkness of prison cells, rescued by the community of cowherds, Krishna's childhood is differently cast.’
    • ‘Teenage boys dressed as cowherds form human pyramids to reach and break the pots.’
    • ‘He was a cowherd and his wife was a maidservant.’
    • ‘As a result he was scolded by the cowherd's wife as a lazy ‘good-for-nothing,’.’
    • ‘Zuma worked as a cowherd to supplement his mother's meagre income.’
    • ‘The satyr holds a long cowherd's horn in his hands.’
    • ‘As an adolescent Krishna was seen as a flute-playing cowherd, enticing the village girls to come and dance to the tunes.’
    • ‘A cowherd leads cows down a rural road at Reit im Winkl, Germany.’
    • ‘I have watched a cowherd lean on his staff, in silent waters that hide his worn feet.’


Old English, from cow + obsolete herd ‘herdsman’.