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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pinfold

crate, pen, jail, enclosure, coop, corral, fold, mew, pound

Examples from the Web for pinfold

Historical Examples of pinfold

British Dictionary definitions for pinfold



  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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