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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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 Justify was taken into the paddock, then the walking ring before being led to the track’s winner’s circle. Eric Sondheimer,, "Justify receives warm welcome at Santa Anita," 23 June 2018 The beautiful track in Stanton, Del., with its picnic grove, old-school paddock, and grandstand from a bygone era, will open its 81st season Wednesday with a 1:15 p.m. post. Dick Jerardi,, "Delaware Park's opening day a unique horse-racing experience," 29 May 2018 Every year, there are new faces sniffing around the paddock, considering entering the 500 or joining the series. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "So you want to enter the Indy 500?," 24 May 2018 The home has a large equestrian facility with riding arenas and paddocks. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Railroad Chief’s Equestrian Estate Returns for 40% Off," 3 July 2018 Accompanying the main house are a 550-vine vineyard, a 10-stall barn, a chicken coop, a riding arena and two paddocks. Jack Flemming,, "Miley Cyrus quietly unloads her Hidden Hills ranch for $5 million," 17 Apr. 2018 Most in the paddock want to see the best combination of skill, strategy and setup be rewarded. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar racing with its new aero kits is 'awesome,' or perhaps 'bland'," 9 July 2018 Before be being saddled before a race, each horse steps on a scale in or near the paddock, where their weights are recorded by a racing official., "Digest (July 5): Stronach Group plans to display weights of horses for handicapping," 5 July 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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