pad·​dock | \ ˈpa-dək How to pronounce paddock (audio) , -dik \

Definition of paddock

1a : 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

Examples of paddock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Safety was certainly foremost on everyone’s mind before the first race at Santa Anita on Monday when Remi Or Not got loose in the paddock, jumped a fence, headed for the barn area and then did a U-turn back toward people. John Cherwaspecial Contributor, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2022 Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also wore some eye-catching clothing in the paddock, and former France soccer great Zinedine Zidane was set to arrive Sunday. Jerome Pugmire, ajc, 28 May 2022 Outside Rahal, Grosjean said he hadn't been approached by any other drivers in the paddock to either clear the air or discuss simmering frustrations. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 23 May 2022 But the Andretti Autosport driver doesn't believe his on-track aggression has resulted in a less-than-flattering reputation in the paddock, despite what Graham Rahal may say. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 19 May 2022 Basketball legend Michael Jordan walks in the paddock prior to the Miami Grand Prix. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 8 May 2022 That conversation with jockey Sonny Leon had come in the paddock just before one of the most stunning rides in Kentucky Derby history. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 8 May 2022 Norris was voted most popular among women in a fan vote and Ricciardo, the Australian who drinks champagne from his shoe after a win, has the biggest personality in the paddock and counts the United States among his favorite countries. Jenna Fryer, Sun Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Once testing ended, drivers across the paddock were left to rampant speculation as to what the cause might be. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of paddock

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for paddock

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

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The first known use of paddock was in 1547

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4 Jun 2022

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“Paddock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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pad·​dock | \ ˈpa-dək How to pronounce paddock (audio) \

Kids Definition of paddock

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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