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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Swine Fever Was Supposed to Boost Cattle Prices. Then the Coronavirus Hit.," 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,, "49ers fan guide to Kansas City: ‘The Soccer Capital of America’," 22 Jan. 2020 The Great Flood of 1951 devastated the stockyards, which never fully recovered, although the town did smell better for a few days. Scott Ostler,, "49ers fan guide to Kansas City: ‘The Soccer Capital of America’," 22 Jan. 2020 Polish immigrants worked tough jobs — in the stockyards, at tanning factories and steel mills, and garment manufacturers. Mary Wisniewski,, "'American Warsaw’ by Dominic Pacyga is an invaluable history of Chicago Polonia," 19 Nov. 2019 Pipeline parts arrive daily via train and then are trucked to a stockyard at the edge of town. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "For residents of ‘Canada’s Texas,’ a sense of ‘western alienation’," 9 Aug. 2019 Memories of the stockyards may be sobering, but a visit to The Plant shows inspiration in action. Louisa Chu,, "2 food tours of Chicago: Where to eat and what to drink to savor the city," 9 Aug. 2019 This section is often removed and discarded because it is ridden with cartilage, and there was a lot of leftover rib tips back when Chicago had the stockyards. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Where to find the best barbecue on Chicago’s South Side, where the rib tip and hot link combo is king," 26 June 2019 Where there are now hulking brick warehouses, predominantly in the Missouri River-adjacent West Bottoms neighborhood, there were once acres of stockyards; the corporatized remnants of a prairie past. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Guide to Kansas City, Missouri: Its History, Its Culture, and Why It’s Worth a Closer Look," 23 Nov. 2018

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1756, in the meaning defined above

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“Stockyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of stockyard

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

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