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[sheep-fohld] /ˈʃipˌfoʊld/
noun, Chiefly British.
an enclosure for sheep.
Origin of sheepfold
before 1000; Middle English; Old English sceapa falda. See sheep, fold2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for sheep-fold
Historical Examples
  • The ruins at present form a sheep-fold, on the farm of Reidsmoss, belonging to the Duke of Buccleuch.

  • The next moment this wolf in the sheep-fold entered the drawing-room.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • If he once gets inside a sheep-fold at night, he massacres and mangles right and left.

  • Is a fox-hound not conscience-stricken for his harry of the sheep-fold?

  • Mrs Merton received it, coughed, and hurried out to the sheep-fold, followed by her accomplices.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
  • It had stolen into the sheep-fold and made off with a lamb in the full light of day.

    The Cave by the Beech Fork Henry S. Spalding
  • In an hour or more of walking over the plain the sad shepherd came to a sheep-fold of grey stones with a rude tower beside it.

    The Unknown Quantity Henry van Dyke
  • When I guide a wolf to my sheep-fold, I will show you the way to Edmund's camp.

    The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
  • Rabbah was to be a sheep-fold, Babylon a menagerie of wild beasts—a very specific difference and very improbable.

    Gospel Philosophy J. H. Ward
  • The sheep-fold, the cattle-pen, the cheese-tub, these were thrust aside.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for sheep-fold


a pen or enclosure for sheep
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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sheep-fold in the Bible

a strong fenced enclosure for the protection of the sheep gathered within it (Num. 32:24; 1 Chr. 17:7; Ps. 50:9; 78:70). In John 10:16 the Authorized Version renders by "fold" two distinct Greek words, aule and poimne, the latter of which properly means a "flock," and is so rendered in the Revised Version. (See also Matt. 26:31; Luke 2:8; 1 Cor. 9:7.) (See FOLD.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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