pad·​dock | \ ˈpa-dək, -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

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Participants list their ambitions and goals and then meet with six untethered horses in an open paddock. Kate Donnelly, WSJ, "Will ‘Horse Therapy’ Make You Better at Your Job?," 4 Dec. 2018 In fact, Mazda approached Joest as early as January that year, keeping the secret remarkably well in a paddock full of gossips. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This isn’t a game: We try out a professional driver-in-the-loop simulator," 9 Aug. 2018 Any sentient person who has spent measurable time near a paddock, then or now, could in clear conscience verify that the lines at the betting windows would vanish if gangsters and other persons of ill repute ceased to assemble at racetracks. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017 The property sits on seven acres that include a swimming pool, a barn, a horse paddock, and guest cottages. David A. Keeps, ELLE Decor, "Charmed Circle: Reese Witherspoon's Ojai Home," 30 July 2012 All seven privateer outfits from the MotoGP paddock will enter the new series in 2019. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, "From a roar to a whirr -- MotoGP goes electric," 14 June 2018 After wowing the crowd, the paddock and the rest of the IndyCar community with their sensational qualifying runs Saturday, rookies Jordan King and Matheus Leist both endured forgettable debuts. Jim Ayello, USA TODAY Sports, "Sebastien Bourdais wins IndyCar season opener at St. Petersburg after leaders collide," 11 Mar. 2018 George loved his first ride–he was led around a paddock on a rein and shrieked with delight. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte Loves to go Horseback Riding, Just Like Her Gan-Gan, Queen Elizabeth," 23 Aug. 2018 There are no plans to practice maneuvering around the paddock in advance of Saturday or getting in the gate for the start. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Bob Baffert will make an adjustment for Justify's last Belmont workout," 7 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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