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croft

 (krôft, krŏft)
n. Chiefly British
1. A small enclosed field or pasture near a house.
2. A small farm, especially a tenant farm.

[Middle English, from Old English.]

croft

(krɒft)
n
1. (Agriculture) a small enclosed plot of land, adjoining a house, worked by the occupier and his family, esp in Scotland
2. (Textiles) dialect Lancashire a patch of wasteland, formerly one used for bleaching fabric in the sun
[Old English croft; related to Middle Dutch krocht hill, field, Old English creopan to creep]

croft

(krɔft, krɒft)

n. Brit.
1. a small farm, esp. one worked by a tenant.
2. a small plot of ground adjacent to a house and used as a kitchen garden or for pasture.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.croft - a small farm worked by a crofter
farm - workplace consisting of farm buildings and cultivated land as a unit; "it takes several people to work the farm"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
Translations

croft

[krɒft] N (Scot) (= small farm) → granja f pequeña

croft

[ˈkrɒft] n (British)petite exploitation f agricole (surtout en Écosse)

croft

n (esp Scot) → kleines Pachtgrundstück; (= house)Kate f

croft

[krɒft] n (Scot) → piccola fattoria
References in classic literature ?
It seemed as if Mr Shepherd, in this anxiety to bespeak Sir Walter's good will towards a naval officer as tenant, had been gifted with foresight; for the very first application for the house was from an Admiral Croft, with whom he shortly afterwards fell into company in attending the quarter sessions at Taunton; and indeed, he had received a hint of the Admiral from a London correspondent.
"And who is Admiral Croft?" was Sir Walter's cold suspicious inquiry.
Mr Shepherd hastened to assure him, that Admiral Croft was a very hale, hearty, well-looking man, a little weather-beaten, to be sure, but not much, and quite the gentleman in all his notions and behaviour; not likely to make the smallest difficulty about terms, only wanted a comfortable home, and to get into it as soon as possible; knew he must pay for his convenience; knew what rent a ready-furnished house of that consequence might fetch; should not have been surprised if Sir Walter had asked more; had inquired about the manor; would be glad of the deputation, certainly, but made no great point of it; said he sometimes took out a gun, but never killed; quite the gentleman.
He had seen Mrs Croft, too; she was at Taunton with the admiral, and had been present almost all the time they were talking the matter over.
Penelope, my dear, can you help me to the name of the gentleman who lived at Monkford: Mrs Croft's brother?"
It succeeded, however; and though Sir Walter must ever look with an evil eye on anyone intending to inhabit that house, and think them infinitely too well off in being permitted to rent it on the highest terms, he was talked into allowing Mr Shepherd to proceed in the treaty, and authorising him to wait on Admiral Croft, who still remained at Taunton, and fix a day for the house being seen.
Sir Walter was not very wise; but still he had experience enough of the world to feel, that a more unobjectionable tenant, in all essentials, than Admiral Croft bid fair to be, could hardly offer.
The stream is brimful now, and lies high in this little withy plantation, and half drowns the grassy fringe of the croft in front of the house.
There is quite a concert of noises; the great bull-dog, chained against the stables, is thrown into furious exasperation by the unwary approach of a cock too near the mouth of his kennel, and sends forth a thundering bark, which is answered by two fox- hounds shut up in the opposite cow-house; the old top-knotted hens, scratching with their chicks among the straw, set up a sympathetic croaking as the discomfited cock joins them; a sow with her brood, all very muddy as to the legs, and curled as to the tail, throws in some deep staccato notes; our friends the calves are bleating from the home croft; and, under all, a fine ear discerns the continuous hum of human voices.
Every roadside and every croft is adorned with vines; which here, as in Italy, they train to grow about dwarf elm trees, whose leaves are stripped off to feed the cattle.
"Brother Peter," he said, in a wheedling yet gravely official tone, "It's nothing but right I should speak to you about the Three Crofts and the Manganese.
Yesterday morning they were at Cowes, and we saw the smoke from the burning crofts. To-day they lie at their ease near Freshwater, and we fear much lest they come upon us and do us a mischief."