from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An area of land devoted to the cultivation of fruit or nut trees.
- n. The trees cultivated in such an area.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A garden or an area of land to the cultivation of fruit or nut trees.
- n. The trees themselves cultivated in such an area.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A garden.
- n. An inclosure containing fruit trees; also, the fruit trees, collectively; -- used especially of apples, peaches, pears, cherries, plums, or the like, less frequently of nutbearing trees and of sugar maple trees.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A garden.
- n. A piece of ground, usually inclosed, devoted to the culture of fruit-trees, especially the apple, the pear, the peach, the plum, and the cherry; a collection of cultivated fruit-trees.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. garden consisting of a small cultivated wood without undergrowth
Middle English, from Old English orceard, alteration of ortgeard : perhaps wyrt, wort, plant; see wort1 + geard, yard; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English ortgeard, a compound of ort, either from wyrt ("wort (plant)") or from Latin hortus ("garden"), and geard (see yard). Cognate with Gothic 𐌰𐌿𐍂𐍄𐌹𐌲𐌰𐍂𐌳𐍃 (aurtigards). (Wiktionary)