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[med-oh] /ˈmɛd oʊ/
a tract of grassland used for pasture or serving as a hayfield.
a tract of grassland in an upland area near the timberline.
before 1000; Middle English medwe, Old English mǣdw-, oblique stem of mǣd mead2; akin to German Matte
Related forms
meadowless, adjective
meadowy, adjective
1. green, range, field. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for meadows
  • They often move into the park's meadows to eat berries and other favorite snack foods.
  • These in turn fade into tall forests of pine and birch, punctuated by meadows and timeless villages of log houses.
  • The clear streams burble over pebbles and through meadows.
  • They cleared the land to create meadows for their cows, and to grow hay to feed their livestock through the long winter.
  • Under their canopies grow mossy meadows of wildflowers, including buttercups and star- shaped blue camas.
  • The meadows of wildflowers are abloom, and hikers galore are tramping along the trails.
  • There may be fewer songbirds and swamps, fewer forests and meadows.
  • meadows are even more responsive to the change of seasons than forests.
British Dictionary definitions for meadows


an area of grassland, often used for hay or for grazing of animals
a low-lying piece of grassland, often boggy and near a river
Derived Forms
meadowy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English mædwe, from mǣdmead²; related to māwan to mow1
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Word Origin and History for meadows



Old English mædwe "meadow, pasture," originally "land covered in grass which is mown for hay;" oblique case of mæd (see mead (n.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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meadows in the Bible

(1.) Heb. ha'ahu (Gen. 41:2, 18), probably an Egyptain word transferred to the Hebrew; some kind of reed or water-plant. In the Revised Version it is rendered "reed-grass", i.e., the sedge or rank grass by the river side. (2.) Heb. ma'areh (Judg. 20:33), pl., "meadows of Gibeah" (R.V., after the LXX., "Maareh-geba"). Some have adopted the rendering "after Gibeah had been left open." The Vulgate translates the word "from the west."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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