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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Length: 105 Miles | Region: Northeast Upstate New York thrives in the fall, boasting some of the prettiest foliage in the country and a staggering amount of apple orchards. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 The 4,238 square foot house sits above an orchard with panoramic ocean views and lush tropical gardens. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modern Hawaii home takes indoor-outdoor living to airy heights for $6.9M," 1 Nov. 2018 The trails run alongside creeks and remnants of an old apple orchard. Merritt Watts, WSJ, "An Insider’s Guide to Napa Valley—100% Cliche-Free," 3 Oct. 2018 Janie Treeborne, keeper of the Peach Pit orchard, introduces us to the town of Elberta, Ala., and the Treeborne family, in a tale that’s full of eccentricity, Southern Gothic overtones, and poetry. John Timpane, Philly.com, "A summer made of stories: Great books for warmer days," 2 June 2018 Public access orchards with a range of citrus -- from grapefruit to kumquat -- are planned for the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle in the Lower 9th Ward and Pontchartrain Park in Gentilly. Susan Langenhennig, NOLA.com, "The Who Dat Nation decks out houses in playoffs pride," 10 Jan. 2018 The 51-year-old congressman leases land to a nut orchard; Harder is a 32-year-old venture capitalist. Michael R. Blood, The Seattle Times, "House Democrats look for win in California farm belt," 31 Oct. 2018 From pretty leaves and pumpkin patches to corn mazes and apple orchards, there are so many moments to capture. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "50+ Fall Captions for Every Autumn Picture You Post on Instagram," 21 Sep. 2018 Lingua Franca's Pinot Noir has a flinty finish with plum and red-cherry tones, reminders that the property was once a fruit orchard. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "How to launch an acclaimed winery for less than $8 million," 6 May 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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