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noun Chiefly British.
  1. a pen or covered enclosure for sheep.
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Origin of sheepcote

1375–1425; late Middle English. See sheep, cote1
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Examples from the Web for sheepcote

Historical Examples of sheepcote

  • Cotswold (pronounced Cotsold) is an old word for a sheepcote.

    A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 3


  • Then he'll ask, "Whereabouts is your sheepcote and shieling?"

    Tales from the Fjeld

    P. Chr. Asbjrnsen

  • She goes first till they come to the sheepcote; she goes in and bade them follow her.

  • After that they all ran out of the sheepcote, but Rodny went indoors with Njal, and was there the rest of the night.

British Dictionary definitions for sheepcote


  1. mainly British another word for sheepfold
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