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 raceb Australia and New Zealand : an often enclosed field
2 : an area at an automobile racecourse where racing cars are parked
Recent Examples of paddock from the Web
Five or six families are ushered into a large steel paddock—a kind of no-man’s-land between two nations—where they are permitted to embrace for a few minutes.
RV parking will be on the paddock area near the casino. •
Among the other veterans hunting for their first wins are Kaanan and Ryan Hunter-Reay, who, along with Charlie Kimball, have been the two unluckiest drivers in the paddock.
With the welfare of the horses uppermost, giant fans were placed in the paddock and huge bins of cold water were available to wash down the equine stars.
Alonso put on a thrilling show and even led 27 laps but he was sent to the paddock when his engine blew with 20 laps remaining.
Alonso put on a thrilling show and even led 27 laps -- third most in the race -- but the two-time Formula One champion was sent to the paddock when his engine blew with 20 laps remaining.
Alonso put on a thrilling show and led 27 laps — third most in the race — but he was sent to the paddock when his engine blew with 20 laps remaining.
Alonso put on a thrilling show and even led 27 laps — third most in the race — but he was sent to the paddock when his engine blew with 20 laps remaining.
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Origin and Etymology of paddock
alteration of Middle English parrok, from Old English pearroc, from Medieval Latin parricus
First Known Use: 1547See Words from the same year
PADDOCK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paddock for English Language Learners
: 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
PADDOCK Defined for Kids
Definition of paddock for Students
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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