an enclosure with pens, sheds, etc., connected with a slaughterhouse, railroad, market, etc., for the temporary housing of cattle, sheep, swine, or horses.
a yard for livestock.

Origin of stockyard

First recorded in 1795–1805; stock + yard2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stockyard

abattoir, butchery, shambles, stockyard

Examples from the Web for stockyard

Historical Examples of stockyard

  • In order to effect this they are transferred to a stockyard on the beach.

  • After lunch, as there was more branding to be done, Gerrard went back to the stockyard.

    Tom Gerrard

    Louis Becke

  • But, anyway, I'll saddle up and get a man to help me run the mob into the stockyard.

  • We were all in the stockyard, and Billy, in answer to the hail, came there.

    We of the Never-Never

    Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn

  • As she had said, two horses stood saddled and ready in the stockyard.

    Sheilah McLeod

    Guy Boothby

British Dictionary definitions for stockyard



a large yard with pens or covered buildings where farm animals are assembled, sold, etc
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