noun Scot.

a pasture or grazing ground.
a shepherd's or herdsman's hut or rough shelter on or near a grazing ground.

Sometimes shealing, shiel.

Origin of shieling

First recorded in 1560–70; shiel + -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shieling

Historical Examples of shieling

  • Scarce a half mile from us a shieling was to be seen on the shoulder of the mount.

    A Daughter of Raasay

    William MacLeod Raine

  • The shieling among the crags, which had been his home so long, was a roofless ruin now.


    Janet Milne Rae

  • A corruption, probably from carn, a cairn; aridh, a shieling.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire

    John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot

  • There are a few sheep, a shepherd, and so there must be a shieling.

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

    Tales from the Fjeld

    P. Chr. Asbjrnsen

British Dictionary definitions for shieling


shiel (ʃiːl)

noun mainly Scot

a rough, sometimes temporary, hut or shelter used by people tending cattle on high or remote ground
pasture land for the grazing of cattle in summer

Word Origin for shieling

C16: from Middle English shale hut, of unknown origin
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