stock·​yard | \ ˈstäk-ˌyärd How to pronounce stockyard (audio) \

Definition of stockyard

: a yard for stock specifically : one in which transient cattle, sheep, swine, or horses are kept temporarily for slaughter, market, or shipping

Examples of stockyard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The idea was to restore civility to the often-caustic world of politics, but some thought that was little more than a polite veneer, like spraying air freshener on a stockyard. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Apr. 2021 Officers were responding to an animal complaint Saturday night after a cow escaped a stockyard earlier in the day, the Harrisonburg Police Department said. Doha Madani, NBC News, 21 Mar. 2021 Basinger, who has a stockyard in Indiana, is used to brokering and hauling horses and cattle and even buffalo. Carol Robinson |, al, 1 Mar. 2021 In that regard, the terrain of Spokane was as rich as a Chicago stockyard or a central California migrant-labor camp. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2020 Within weeks of the Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch-counter sit in, Clyburn's classmates organized a 1,000-student march in rural Orangeburg, South Carolina, with hundreds arrested, jailed in an outdoor stockyard. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, 17 Aug. 2020 Its diversity — from the early pioneers who brought their varied European cultures and languages to the immigrant stockyard workers and African Americans who moved north and settled along the Missouri River. USA Today, 13 Aug. 2020 It was supposed to be a big year for U.S. cattle stockyards, but the coronavirus epidemic is calling into question forecasts for rising beef demand around the world. Kirk Maltais, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2020 Until Kansas City’s famed stockyards closed down in 1991, the city was pretty much wall-to-wall cows and pigs, few of whom were housebroken. Scott Ostler,, 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of stockyard

1756, in the meaning defined above

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“Stockyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stockyard

chiefly US : an enclosed area where farms animals (such as cattle) are kept so they can be slaughtered, sold, or shipped


stock·​yard | \ ˈstäk-ˌyärd How to pronounce stockyard (audio) \

Kids Definition of stockyard

: a yard for keeping livestock about to be slaughtered or shipped

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