an area of land devoted to the cultivation of fruit or nut trees.
a group or collection of such trees.

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

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orchard (ˈɔːtʃəd)
1.  an area of land devoted to the cultivation of fruit trees
2.  a collection of fruit trees especially cultivated
[Old English orceard, ortigeard, from ort-, from Latin hortus garden + geardyard²]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. orceard "fruit garden," probably from wortgeard, from wort "vegetable, plant root" + geard "garden, yard" (the word also meant "vegetable garden" until 15c.), with first element infl. by L. hortus (in L.L. ortus) "garden," from PIE *ghor-to- "an enclosure," from base *gher- "to grasp, enclose"
(see yard (1)).
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Example sentences
It was the orchard's silent acknowledgement of the fundamental weakness of
  humans faced with fruit.
The original gardens began simply with a fruit orchard, which was expanded upon
  by subsequent generations.
Deep in the firs is an orchard, where once a house stood, and they creep
  towards the gnarled and ancient trees.
Leaning out at the open window, he looked into an orchard where a fat sow
  wandered about with a litter of tiny pigs at her heels.
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