Definition of Hereford in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhərfərd//ˈherə-/


  • An animal of a breed of red and white beef cattle.

    • ‘His Angus cows, some a Hereford mix, black and white faces molded into rhetorical Noh masks, were scattered about, grazing on the hardscrabble hillsides.’
    • ‘By 1920 pure or mixed Herefords and shorthorns accounted for more than a third of the eight and a half million cattle in the region, and Rambouillets and Lincolns made up a significant share of the four and a half million sheet.’
    • ‘In 1909, Marsh concluded that Aberdeen Angus cattle were more inclined to consume locoweed than were Herefords.’
    • ‘A handful of breeders insist there are now only half a dozen herds of thoroughbred Herefords left in Australia.’
    • ‘Hoss continued to pitch hay from the bed of the wagon, creating mounds that the herd of his father's favorite Herefords would wade into with abandon.’


Early 19th century: named after Hereford, England, where it originated.