cow·​shed ˈkau̇-ˌshed How to pronounce cowshed (audio)
: a shed for the housing of cows

Examples of cowshed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Farmhouses, chicken coops and cowsheds stood empty, their roofs and walls collapsed, their foundations overgrown. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 6 June 2023 Surrounded by lush green lawn, the whitewashed stone building is an erstwhile cowshed located on the five-acre property, a former farm, where her family has lived since Rogge was 6. Alice Cavanagh, New York Times, 4 May 2020 The tradition says that any woman who has her period must be banished outside, to a cowshed or makeshift bunker, no matter how cold or dangerous., 28 Dec. 2019 My father built our country home inside the farm’s original cowshed. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, 12 Dec. 2017 New Delhi (CNN)A teenage girl in Nepal has died after she was bitten by a snake while banished to a cowshed during a menstruation ritual that sees young women separated from their families and made to sleep alone. Sugam Pokharel, CNN, 10 July 2017 During his nine months in the cowshed, Mr. Ji was forced to haul baskets of coal, weed a garden and hand-plow fields of rice near the campus. Jane Perlez, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cowshed was in 1763

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“Cowshed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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