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 Lined up in the paddock of the Porsche’s Experience Center in Carson, California, the vehicles inspire a childlike wonder at how such distinct personalities can emerge from a shared heritage. Basem Wasef, Car and Driver, "Driving the 5 Best Porsche 911 GT Cars Ever," 15 Dec. 2020 Huge electric raptor paddock fencing looms near the queue. Orlando Sentinel Podcasts,, "PODCAST: Excitement grows as Universal’s VelociCoaster ride vehicle, raptor paddock come into view (Ep. 77)," 10 Dec. 2020 Without any oval experience, Hanley got up to speed much quicker than those around the paddock expected, qualifying without any real worry in 27th. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "DragonSpeed closing IndyCar pursuits, selling chassis to Meyer Shank Racing ahead of expansion," 29 Oct. 2020 The trio accounts for 40% of the paddock’s podiums over the past five races. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Winless drivers, the top-10 battle and the Leaders Circle: 6 storylines outside the IndyCar title race," 20 Oct. 2020 He was bummed before the horses left the paddock after Thousand Words reared up and fell on its side, getting disqualified and injuring Baffert’s assistant trainer. Beth Harris,, "Authentic upsets favorite Tiz the Law to win the Kentucky Derby and give trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying 6th win," 6 Sep. 2020 The long winters, which Annabelle and Maggie spent locked inside a paddock, did not improve their moods. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a 1960s publicity stunt landed a baby elephant named Annabelle in Alaska," 7 Dec. 2020 After entering the weekend with just one podium in 48 race efforts – Alexander Rossi’s third-place in Race 2 at Road America – Andretti Autosport left with four of the paddock’s six podiums this weekend. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Andretti’s podium sweep at Mid-Ohio a sign the team has figured out 2020 woes," 13 Sep. 2020 The former Royal Mail cargo passenger vessel -- the RMS St. Helena -- will act as the championship's floating paddock. Ben Church, CNN, "Lewis Hamilton set to meet an old rival in the future of motorsport," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

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“Paddock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of paddock

: 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


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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