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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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  • 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.
  • Supplement their diet with snails and sic them on the bugs in your orchard.
  • South, or try a day trip to a regional pick-your-own orchard.
  • However, the best time to plant a future orchard is always today.
  • 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.
  • He has a sugar orchard, where he taps twelve hundred trees and hopes soon to tap as many more in addition.
  • It scanned the orchard's bowers, then pane by pane it eyed the stories facing ours but never looked inside.
  • It lacks the charm and character of a citrus grove, an apple orchard, or even a field of corn.
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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