Definitions

from The American Heritageยฎ 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

Etymologies

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 wyrtย ("wort (plant)") or from Latin hortusย ("garden"), and geard (see yard). Cognate with Gothic ๐Œฐ๐Œฟ๐‚๐„๐Œน๐Œฒ๐Œฐ๐‚๐Œณ๐ƒย (aurtigards). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This orchard is a Central New York institution and a fun fall trip for families.

    Old Apple Trees, Family Traditions and Apple Wine

  • Immediately east of the orchard is a native woods, which drops down into the saddle of Saya, a grassy plains ideal for grazing.

    Archive 2004-08-08

  • Apparently, the word orchard is used in conjunction with non-citrus fruit, whereas for citrus fruit one must use the word grove.

    Word Court

  • It's all real, you see โ€“ real gamekeeper's lodge, real groping around in "orchard", real flowers.

    Aconite Acolyte

  • I still remember the B&B and macadamia orchard confiscated by the Zapatistas in Ocosingo a few years ago where the Zapatistas waited until the macadamia trees were in full fruition commercially speaking, confiscated the orchard from the foreign owners and then laid waste to it.

    Indian Land Grab on Michoacan Coast

  • It was impossible to see the hidden orchard from the road, so Karen Liebreich, Ms. Cruz's picking partner, scrambled from the abandoned plot of bramble and rubble in her long, rubber boots t o guide us to the five trees bursting with ripe Bramley eating and cooking apples.

    Urban Scrumpers Are Picking the Forbidden Fruit

  • When his second wife died and he was free to propose, he did one day, on a picnic to the place they called her orchard, and she refused instantly, without losing a trace of her merriment.

    Lonesome Dove

  • The floor of the orchard was a topiary garden, filled with carefully tended shrubbery sculpted into the forms of various small animals and birds.

    Virginity

  • A couple of friends, looking out from our just-repaired deck onto that clearing we still call the orchard, though the peach trees have all died, and the Lodi apple blew over a couple of years ago in a big windstorm, have suggested that we should go with the โ€œmeadowโ€ look that the once-grassy clear places between the remaining trees have taken on.

    Restoring Good Order to a Disturbed Land: Introductory Thoughts

  • Mrs. Page, Mrs. Cranch, and Mrs. Garfit could see Mrs. Flanders in the orchard because the orchard was a piece of Dods Hill enclosed; and Dods Hill dominated the village.

    Jacob's Room

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