pad·​dock ˈpa-dək How to pronounce paddock (audio)
: 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
Australia and New Zealand : an often enclosed field
: an area at an automobile racecourse where racing cars are parked

Examples of paddock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Populous recently completed a $200 million paddock renovation in time for the 150th Derby at Churchill Downs that added more than 3,600 all-inclusive seats, starting at $1,775 for the Derby on May 4, and for the Oaks, the premier race for 3-year-old fillies, a day earlier. Kevin Draper Doug Mills, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2024 Wagner’s a socialist; the F1 paddock is a scene of ultrawealth. Longreads, 8 Mar. 2024 The two were spotted and photographed in the paddock together at last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 7 Mar. 2024 The 2024 season officially kicked off today with the Bahrain Grand Prix, and, for day one of their practice session, drivers showed up to the paddock dressed to impress. Irene Kim, Vogue, 28 Feb. 2024 Naturally alert, llamas keep watch for predators encroaching on the paddock and make an alarm-like sound to ward off intruders. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2023 The red carpet is out, and Ryan Reynolds, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky roam the paddock. David Hill, Rolling Stone, 14 Jan. 2024 There’s definitely room for improvement, such as adding a giant display screen for the paddock area to better follow the action and standings, but fine-tuning is sure to be already in progress for 2024. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 19 Nov. 2023 Jack Daniel’s announced its new partnership with Formula 1 racing team McLaren last spring, and now another whiskey distillery has entered the paddock. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 13 Sep. 2023

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Word History


alteration of Middle English parrok, from Old English pearroc, from Medieval Latin parricus

First Known Use

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of paddock was in 1547

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Cite this Entry

“Paddock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


pad·​dock ˈpad-ək How to pronounce paddock (audio)
: an enclosed area where animals are put to eat grass or to exercise
: an enclosed area where racehorses are saddled and paraded before moving to the racetrack

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