hay·​field ˈhā-ˌfēld How to pronounce hayfield (audio)
variants or less commonly hay field
: a field where herbaceous plants and especially grasses or legumes (such as timothy or orchard grass or alfalfa) are grown for hay (see hay entry 1 sense 1)

Examples of hayfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The label recounts the tale of one particularly hair-raising, almost-emergency landing in a hayfield. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 Across town, hayfields have been replaced by ranchette developments, and the town is full of new construction that tries, with varying levels of success, to look old. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2023 This undulating route travels past pastures and hayfields, along the Pea Ridge National Military Park and across the Springfield Plateau. Cindy Hirschfeld, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2023 Today, hundreds of thousands of visitors descend upon the town and the tents, barns, and hayfields along Highway 237 in hopes of finding or selling a variety of antique furniture, art, and textiles. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2023 The spread covered more than 300 acres in east-central Ohio, encompassing a farm with hayfields and a home, barn, and bunkhouse. Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2023 Where This Turkey Hunting Method Works The best places to pop up a ground blind and wait include small, private properties with open crop fields, food plots, or hayfields where turkeys don’t get a lot of hunting pressure. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 14 Mar. 2023 That discovery, a few feet below the ground between a rural road and a hayfield, was the latest in a long tradition of construction workers becoming accidental paleontologists. Mitch Smith, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2022 In 2018, the barn was moved, post by post and beam by beam, to its current location on a hayfield two miles away from Woodstock's lively downtown area. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hayfield was in 1785

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“Hayfield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hayfield. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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