[ pin-fohld ]
/ ˈpɪnˌfoʊld /


a pound for stray animals.
a fold, as for sheep or cattle.
a place of confinement or restraint.

verb (used with object)

to confine in or as in a pinfold.



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Origin of pinfold

1150–1200; late Middle English pynfold for *pindfold, equivalent to Old English pynd(an) to impound (derivative of pund pound3) + fold2; replacing Middle English po(u)n(d)fold(e), late Old English pundfald

Words nearby pinfold Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for pinfold

/ (ˈpɪnˌfəʊld) /


  1. a pound for stray cattle
  2. a fold or pen for sheep or cattle


(tr) to gather or confine in or as if in a pinfold

Word Origin for pinfold

Old English pundfald, from pound ³ + fold ²
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