or·​chard | \ ˈȯr-chərd \

Definition of orchard

: a planting of fruit trees, nut trees, or sugar maples also : the trees of such a planting

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Most of the ingredients come from the kitchen garden, orchards, and beehives, with dishes such as Vietnamese spring rolls, lentil burgers, and eggplant-potato dumplings. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 What to Eat Don’t expect to find vast orchards of peaches and apricots in Lombardy. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Call Me by Your Name," 6 Jan. 2018 She was later beaten with tree branches and partially stabbed, then left for dead in a desert orchard in Indio. Carol Cormaci, latimes.com, "La Cañada History: Peacock’s attack on car infuriates local homeowners," 9 July 2018 With characters bearing Russian names and a story line that involves a cherry orchard and the possible loss of an ancestral home, Durang’s play pays clever homage to Chekhov. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: 'Game of Thrones' parody, Mutts Gone Nuts stunt dogs, erotic poetry," 21 Feb. 2018 The peach orchard sits among a residential neighborhood and is next to U.S. Route 89. Brady Mccombs, Fox News, "Shot hits Utah bus with passengers aboard, no one hurt," 27 Aug. 2018 Grab a gallon to go, or sip some on the spot after spending an autumn day plucking apples of your own from the roughly 200-acre orchard. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 The compound features flatlands, a fenced pasure, a vegetable garden, an ancient palm grove, and terrace, irrigated land that could be used for an orchard or vineyard. Colleen Egan, ELLE Decor, "Daryl Hannah Relists Her Malibu Hippie Haven," 18 Sep. 2014 Green Gables dates back to between 1907 and 1911, when the area now known as Silicon Valley was a sleepy agglomeration of small towns and fruit orchards. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Estate That Wants to Be Silicon Valley’s Priciest Home," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of orchard

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orchard

Middle English, from Old English ortgeard, from ort- (from Latin hortus garden) + geard yard — more at yard

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The first known use of orchard was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of orchard

: a place where people grow fruit trees


or·​chard | \ ˈȯr-chərd \

Kids Definition of orchard

: a place where fruit trees are grown

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