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[awr-cherd] /ˈɔr tʃərd/
an area of land devoted to the cultivation of fruit or nut trees.
a group or collection of such trees.
Origin of orchard
before 900; Middle English orch(i)ard, Old English orceard; replacing ortyard, Middle English ortyerd, Old English ortigeard (compare Gothic aurtigards garden), equivalent to ort- (combining form akin to wort2; later identified with Latin hortus garden) + geard yard2 Unabridged
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  • And you may as well go to the orchard now, while it is still light and bright.

    The Orchard Secret Cleo Garis
  • She had disobeyed by just standing outside the orchard door.

  • I will cultivate the orchard for forty years in this county if they live so long.

    The Apple Various
  • The pipe, and also his head, again indicated the men in the orchard.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • The picture was gone in a second, of course; and I glared at the orchard fence as though that should make it transparent.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for orchard


an area of land devoted to the cultivation of fruit trees
a collection of fruit trees especially cultivated
Word Origin
Old English orceard, ortigeard, from ort-, from Latin hortus garden + geardyard²
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Word Origin and History for orchard

late Old English orceard "fruit garden," earlier ortgeard, perhaps reduced from wortgeard, from wort "vegetable, plant root" + geard "garden, yard" (the word also meant "vegetable garden" until 15c.); see yard (n.1). First element influenced in Middle English by Latin hortus (in Late Latin ortus) "garden," which also is from the root of yard (n.1).

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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