paddock

noun
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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Access to that paddock usually requires at least two different lanyards and some kind of inside connection. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Open mind, wide open throttle: We go to our first NASCAR race," 15 Nov. 2018 Fans are able to enjoy trackside views of all eleven races in open areas without seating or just dance the night away in the paddock with several bands like Tony and the Tan Lines performing on a main stage. Scott Utterback, The Courier-Journal, "Downs After Dark adopts neon night theme at Churchill Downs," 3 June 2018 Once suitably situated, we were sent out into the paddock to warm the cars up. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "How a day driving high-downforce cars at VIR taught me I’m OK being slow," 11 Sep. 2018 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

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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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paddock

noun

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

paddock

noun
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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