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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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  • It was used as a cavalry barracks during the war of 1846, and has been a sheepfold since.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
  • The sheepfold was long, the barn high, with walls smooth as your hand.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Clausen, the German saloon-keeper, and his gang were coming down on us like a pack of wolves on a sheepfold.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • Nothing was there but a whitewashed wall that fenced a sheepfold.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • (surety Ralph de Morton), and he is likewise given a grant for ever of the sheepfold at a yearly rent of 6d.

  • The atmosphere is somewhat that of a sheepfold before a thunderstorm.

  • David was busy in the sheepfold when the prophet called him to his work as warrior and monarch.

    The Bible and Life Edwin Holt Hughes
  • The beast had just left the sheepfold and was carrying something in its mouth.

    Dave Porter in the Far North Edward Stratemeyer
  • Let us lie down in the sheltered shade of the mossy walls of the sheepfold—take a drop of Glenlivet—and philosophise.

  • Granbury Lapham had come out, but was at the sheepfold with the mountaineer.

    Dave Porter in the Far North Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for sheepfold


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