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[vin-yerd] /ˈvɪn yərd/
a plantation of grapevines, especially one producing grapes for winemaking.
a sphere of activity, especially on a high spiritual plane.
Origin of vineyard
1300-50; Middle English (see vine, yard2); replacing win(e)yard, Old English wīngeard Unabridged
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  • After breakfast the stranger was conducted around the farm, and to the vineyard.

    Christopher Carson John S. C. Abbott
  • In his vineyard the Hermit is most thorough, even scientific.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • About the time he was sixteen years old he heard a voice that seemed to say to him, "Go, work in my vineyard!"

  • When I have a strong desire to pray, I go out into the vineyard and work.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • It is best when the vineyard is started to err on the side of short pruning.

British Dictionary definitions for vineyard


a plantation of grapevines, esp where wine grapes are produced
Derived Forms
vineyardist, noun
Word Origin
Old English wīngeard; see vine, yard²; related to Old High German wīngart, Old Norse vingarthr
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Word Origin and History for vineyard

c.1300, replacing Old English wingeard, from vine + yard (n.1). Cf. German weingarten.

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