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  1. a tract of grassland used for pasture or serving as a hayfield.
  2. a tract of grassland in an upland area near the timberline.
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Origin of meadow

before 1000; Middle English medwe, Old English mǣdw-, oblique stem of mǣd mead2; akin to German Matte
Related formsmead·ow·less, adjectivemead·ow·y, adjective


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Related Words

grassland, pasture, prairie, plain, rug, steppe, carpet, lea, pasturage, heath, mead, veldt

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British Dictionary definitions for meadow


  1. an area of grassland, often used for hay or for grazing of animals
  2. a low-lying piece of grassland, often boggy and near a river
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Derived Formsmeadowy, adjective

Word Origin

Old English mædwe, from mǣd mead ²; related to māwan to mow 1
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Word Origin and History for meadow


Old English mædwe "meadow, pasture," originally "land covered in grass which is mown for hay;" oblique case of mæd (see mead (n.2)).

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