paddock

noun pad·dock \ ˈpa-dək , -dik \

Definition of paddock

1 a :a usually enclosed area used especially for pasturing or exercising animals
  • led the sheep into the paddock
; especially :an enclosure where racehorses are saddled and paraded before a race
b Australia and New Zealand :an often enclosed field
2 :an area at an automobile racecourse where racing cars are parked

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Origin and Etymology of paddock

alteration of Middle English parrok, from Old English pearroc, from Medieval Latin parricus

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PADDOCK Defined for English Language Learners

paddock

noun

Definition of paddock for English Language Learners

  • : a small field where animals (such as horses) are kept

  • : an enclosed area at a race track where horses, dogs, etc., are kept before a race


PADDOCK Defined for Kids

paddock

noun pad·dock \ ˈpa-dək \

Definition of paddock for Students

1 :an enclosed area where animals are put to eat grass or to exercise
2 :an enclosed area where racehorses are saddled and paraded


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