Enclosure vs Cowyard - What's the difference?

enclosure | cowyard |

As nouns the difference between enclosure and cowyard

is that enclosure is (countable) something enclosed, ie inserted into a letter or similar package while cowyard is an enclosure for cows close by the farm.


Alternative forms

* inclosure


  • (countable) Something enclosed, i.e. inserted into a letter or similar package.
  • There was an enclosure with the letter — a photo.
  • (uncountable) The act of enclosing, i.e. the insertion or inclusion of an item in a letter or package.
  • ''The enclosure of a photo with your letter is appreciated.
  • (countable) An area, domain, or amount of something partially or entirely enclosed by barriers.
  • He faced punishment for creating the fenced enclosure in a public park.
    The glass enclosure holds the mercury vapor.
    The winning horse was first into the unsaddling enclosure .
  • (uncountable) The act of separating and surrounding an area, domain, or amount of something with a barrier.
  • The enclosure of public land is against the law.
    The experiment requires the enclosure of mercury vapor in a glass tube.
    At first, untrained horses resist enclosure .
  • (uncountable, British History) The post-feudal process of subdivision of common lands for individual ownership.
  • Strip-farming disappeared after enclosure .
  • The area of a convent, monastery, etc where access is restricted to community members.
  • Usage notes

    * For more on the spelling of this word, see (m).




    (en noun)
  • An enclosure for cows close by the farm.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1864, author=John Hanning Speke, title=The Discovery of the Source of the Nile, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=On entering the palace we were shown into a cowyard without a tree in it, or any shade; and no one was allowed to sell us food until a present of friendship was paid, after which the hongo would be discussed. }}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1898, author=Eden Phillpotts, title=Children of the Mist, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Behind a cowyard of shattered stone pavement and cracked mud stood the farm itself, and around it extended the fields belonging thereto. }}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1912, author=Walter W. Skeat, title=English Dialects From the Eighth Century to the Present Day, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=There were no pigeons in the pigeon-house, and nothing but jack-daws; and so, after she had burned the beam, and the door-frame and the floor, she ran into the cowyard , through the small field, and fainted behind several pitchers of yeast. }}