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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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  • So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
  • Sommeliers expertly match the vineyard's seasonal wines with the menu of the day.
  • It is not only a vineyard, but also a bed and breakfast and a wine tour operator.
  • If you don't have time to visit a vineyard, you can still sample the region's wines in the city.
  • Highlight a local microbrewery, distillery or vineyard, or feature a tasting of organic beers or biodynamic wines.
  • There was no bird, but below me was a verdant vineyard, green and rich with vines.
  • Many vineyard owners say they cannot find buyers for their land.
  • Moreover, the state is the biggest vineyard owner and benefits from taxes on wine sales.
  • If completely dry they are gathered immediately, and if not they are laid onto a continuous paper tray in the vineyard to dry.
  • Starting up a vineyard can be an expensive proposition.
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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