Definition of turf noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tɜːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɜːrf//
    (pl. turfs, turves
    BrE BrE//tɜːvz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɜːrvz//
    Equine sports
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] short grass and the surface layer of soil that is held together by its roots; a piece of this that has been cut from the ground and is used especially for making lawns (= the area of grass in a garden/yard) newly laid turf (especially British English) the hallowed turf of Wimbledon, etc. (= the grass used for playing a sport on)
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] peat that is cut to be used as fuel; a piece of this
  3. 3the turf [singular] the sport of horse racing See related entries: Equine sports
  4. 4[uncountable] (informal) the place where somebody lives and/or works, especially when they think of it as their own He feels more confident on home turf.
  5. Word OriginOld English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch turf and German Torf, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit darbha ‘tuft of grass’.Extra examples Supercomputers are familiar turf for IBM. The orchestra is on home turf in this repertoire. The training area includes a synthetic turf field, They still cut turf here for fuel. We all protect our own turf. We finally met on his home turf. We laid turf to create a lawn. primitive cottages made of sods of turf and sticks the hallowed turf of Wembley the team’s first success of the season on home turf turf wars between different factions For all tennis fans, the hallowed turf of Wimbledon is the place to go. Try not to walk on newly laid turf until it has rooted down into the soil.
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