[ awr-cherd ]
/ ˈɔr tʃərd /


an area of land devoted to the cultivation of fruit or nut trees.
a group or collection of such trees.

Origin of orchard

before 900; Middle English orch(i)ard, Old English orceard; replacing ortyard, Middle English ortyerd, Old English ortigeard (compare Gothic aurtigards garden), equivalent to ort- (combining form akin to wort2; later identified with Latin hortus garden) + geard yard2
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/ (ˈɔːtʃəd) /


an area of land devoted to the cultivation of fruit trees
a collection of fruit trees especially cultivated

Word Origin for orchard

Old English orceard, ortigeard, from ort-, from Latin hortus garden + geard yard ²
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Word Origin and History for orchard



late Old English orceard "fruit garden," earlier ortgeard, perhaps reduced from wortgeard, from wort "vegetable, plant root" + geard "garden, yard" (the word also meant "vegetable garden" until 15c.); see yard (n.1). First element influenced in Middle English by Latin hortus (in Late Latin ortus) "garden," which also is from the root of yard (n.1).

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