sheepfold

noun

sheep·​fold ˈshēp-ˌfōld How to pronounce sheepfold (audio)
: a pen or shelter for sheep

Examples of sheepfold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the day of the rettir, hundreds of sheep are released into a central wooden sheepfold that’s surrounded by marked compartments—one belonging to each local farmer—that jut out from the inner circle like rays of the sun. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Oct. 2022 This tidy residence in the western Swiss village of Etoy was built in 1830 as a sheepfold. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Later, we were married in a sheepfold overlooking the ribbon of river that winds through small agricultural plots and quiet towns huddled up against the road. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, 12 Oct. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sheepfold was before the 12th century

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“Sheepfold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheepfold. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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sheepfold

noun
sheep·​fold ˈshēp-ˌfōld How to pronounce sheepfold (audio)
: a pen or shelter for sheep

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