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Definition of "pinfold" [pin•fold]

  • An enclosure where stray animals are confined. (noun)
  • To confine in or as if in a pinfold. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pinfold" in a sentence
  • "In almost every part of England when an animal strays, it is secured and put into what is called the "pinfold," and, if not claimed within a certain time, after a process of advertising, it is sold to pay fold dues."
  • ""pinfold," made by driving stakes into the sand so as to inclose a circular space about six feet in diameter."
  • "His close-shaven crown, surrounded by a circle of stiff curled black hair, had something the appearance of a parish pinfold begirt by its high hedge."