Definition of croft in English:

croft

Syllabification: croft
Pronunciation: /krôft
 
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British

noun

  • 1A small rented farm, especially one in Scotland, comprising a plot of arable land attached to a house and with a right of pasturage held in common with other such farms.
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    • He revolutionised farming in Scotland in the 18th century, by compiling his famous Statistical Account of Scotland - a detailed survey of every farm and croft in the land.
    • Scotland has a rich diversity of historic buildings, including castles, tower houses, crofts, steadings, Edwardian mansions and so on.
    • On the area of the croft land, there is also a further dilapidated farm building which could have the potential for residential conversion.
  • 1.1An enclosed field used for tillage or pasture, typically attached to a house and worked by the occupier.
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    • Here is the second cluster of huts, wattle fences enclosing neat crofts of fowl houses and kitchen-gardens blown with harvest.
    • Back lanes run along the rear of the crofts parallel with the main street, giving access to fields.
    • As I neared her croft I began to look for her across the fields, or by the stream, for I knew she often worked there as well.

verb

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  • Farm (land) as a croft or crofts.

Derivatives

crofter

noun
More example sentences
  • Any fisherman or crofter, any man or woman not yet severed from the old ethos, could say the same.
  • By the time we returned (around an hour later) the lamb was very distressed and there was an even more distressed crofter trying to heard it back.
  • This wryly melancholic crofter is obviously attached to the island, rooted in the land he farms, but he has no romantic illusions.

Origin

Old English: of unknown origin.

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