Definition of lynchet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɪn(t)ʃɪt/


A ridge or ledge formed along the downhill side of a plot by ploughing in ancient times.
Example sentences
  • The canteen seems to have been popular enough to warrant two phases of expansion, marked by surviving lynchets and wall foundations outlining the original and later buildings.
  • At Polesden in Surrey, a set of lynchets was found crossing parish boundaries, dissected by a late Anglo-Saxon hundredal boundary.
  • The great height of some lynchets attests to the longevity of the fields and their intensity of use.


Late 17th century: probably from dialect linch 'rising ground'; compare with links.

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