- an area of land devoted to the cultivation of fruit or nut trees.
- a group or collection of such trees.
- an area of land devoted to the cultivation of fruit trees
- a collection of fruit trees especially cultivated
n.late Old English orceard “fruit garden,” earlier ortgeard, perhaps reduced from wortgeard, from wort “vegetable, plant root” + geard “garden, yard” (the word also meant “vegetable garden” until 15c.); see yard (n.1). First element influenced in Middle English by Latin hortus (in Late Latin ortus) “garden,” which also is from the root of yard (n.1).