hay·​field | \ ˈhā-ˌfēld How to pronounce hayfield (audio) \
variants: or less commonly hay field

Definition of hayfield

: 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 Her blowsy cottage garden, set in a hayfield, is an invitation to wander. courant.com, 14 May 2021 Selling the rights to a Rocky Mountain trout stream or a hayfield dating from the pioneer era to nonlocal interests, especially those seeking to turn a profit, has the potential to be seen as auctioning state patrimony. New York Times, 3 Jan. 2021 With little more activity through midday Verge decided to sit out the final hours of daylight alongside an old hayfield with some wild apple trees. Bob Humphrey, Outdoor Life, 19 Nov. 2020 After loading the buffalo onto the back of a truck and driving it to a nearby hayfield, Mr. Magnan gutted it with a small knife and an electric saw. Brett Anderson, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2020 For those looking for a gentler hike, there are paths through wildflower fields and a hayfield right out of a Wyeth painting. William Li, Town & Country, 5 Oct. 2020 Trying to use a layout blind in the middle of a cut hayfield isn’t going to work, even on gullible early geese. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 21 Aug. 2020 The Agriculture Department said pastures, hayfields and soybean crops are drying up because of the drought, and some farmers have been feeding hay to livestock because of a lack of grass. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Sep. 2019 Decades of flooding Miami sits just off the interstate about 90 miles from Tulsa, in a rural corner of the state where hayfields, cattle ranches and pickup trucks dot the landscape. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hayfield

1785, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2021

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“Hayfield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hayfield. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hayfield

: a field where grass is grown for hay


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