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noun Chiefly British.
  1. an enclosure for sheep.
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Origin of sheepfold

before 1000; Middle English; Old English sceapa falda. See sheep, fold2
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Examples from the Web for sheepfold

Historical Examples

  • Nothing was there but a whitewashed wall that fenced a sheepfold.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • The sheepfold was long, the barn high, with walls smooth as your hand.

    Madame Bovary

    Gustave Flaubert

  • The atmosphere is somewhat that of a sheepfold before a thunderstorm.

  • They from the University of Paris, she from the sheepfold and the cow-stable!

  • The Emperor meant to transform Germany into a sheepfold, Absbach exclaimed.

British Dictionary definitions for sheepfold


  1. a pen or enclosure for sheep
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