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

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Recent Examples on the Web Sitting next to a hippy $90,000 Lexus LC500 coupe in the M1 Concourse paddock, the Infiniti holds its own. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Infiniti quickens the pulse with all-season Q60 looker (review)," 28 Dec. 2019 The initial case of MERS involved a 60-year-old man who owned four companion camels, which slept in a paddock adjacent to his house. National Geographic, "New coronavirus can spread between humans—but it started in a wildlife market," 21 Jan. 2020 Marcus Ericsson, 29, was unveiled Tuesday as the driver of Chip Ganassi’s third car next year after two seasons with just two rides in the paddock. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Chip Ganassi Racing adds Marcus Ericsson as team's third driver for 2020 IndyCar season," 8 Oct. 2019 McKeever talked about working on a breeding farm in California years ago, where the yearlings would instinctively engage each other in impromptu races along the fence lines in their paddocks. Tim Layden,, "2018 Kentucky Derby: Horses and Human Runners Are Not so Different," 2 May 2018 As the skittish reindeer in the central paddock decreased, herders angled into their paths in wings. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 On both sides were horse paddocks, houses with blooming gardens, boats moored along the inlets. New York Times, "A Mother Journeys Through Grief Across Finland’s Many Islands," 12 Nov. 2019 In addition to the ranch-style home, the Kardashian-Wests have also inherited an equestrian center with a four-stall stable and a fenced-in paddock, Variety reports. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Just Bought Another House," 5 Nov. 2019 Now Cindy Lauper spends her days munching grass, hay and grain in the paddocks at the family’s farm, Three 7′s animal sanctuary in Parkland. Brooke Baitinger,, "Young heroes: Kids who stand up for animals celebrate at summit," 2 Nov. 2019

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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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10 Feb 2020

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“Paddock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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