Definition of veld in US English:

veld

(also veldt)

noun

  • Open, uncultivated country or grassland in southern Africa. It is conventionally classified by altitude into highveld, middleveld, and lowveld.

    • ‘His use of vast unframed canvasses to capture the vibrancy of the African veld, is said to be ‘extremely powerful’.’
    • ‘It is a plot of around 20 acres, with veld surrounding the koppie, which is around 80 metres high.’
    • ‘Klipriviersberg, in the south, has 680 hectares of open veld and unspoilt koppies for hiking.’
    • ‘Remember that when Baker built this house and looked out over the northern suburbs of Johannesburg he saw veld and rocks, and not a single tree.’
    • ‘Beyond the shops was bare veld; nowadays this is the rundown residential area of Kliptown.’
    • ‘In the west are well-watered hills, rich in iron ore, from which run several rivers to the dry veld in the middle of the country.’
    • ‘Dusk falls across the South African veld and the young men trot on to the floodlit pitch for another evening's training.’
    • ‘While you're down south, check out Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, a big piece of veld that has traces of Jo'burg's history of early indigenous peoples, going back 500 years.’
    • ‘Cattle and sheep were grazed largely on the open veld well into the twentieth century.’
    • ‘South Africa's eastern coastal zone has relatively high rainfall, but the western veld tapers into the Kalahari desert.’
    • ‘The persistent dry conditions in the northern provinces and along the south and east coasts led to numerous fires in which thousands of hectares of veld burned.’
    • ‘The park has three distinct sections of lush green jungle and African-style veldt that look like they came straight out of a National Geographic documentary.’
    • ‘The farm owner said hailstones the size of hen's eggs battered his valuable grazing veld and totally destroyed his crops.’
    • ‘The Garden is a delight of immaculate lawns and shady trees for picnics, combined with open veld with indigenous grasses, shrubs and trees.’
    • ‘A pride of lions on the veldt in Africa will allow a solitary African to pass close by without harm and so will a leopard in a tree, but they will kill hunters.’
    • ‘Five kilometres from the city centre is an indigenous piece of veld of great historical importance to the people of Johannesburg.’
    • ‘Founded during the 1886 gold rush, Johannesburg had grown by the second half of the last century into a Manhattan of tower blocks amid the endless African veldt.’
    • ‘Scattered amongst the rock kopjes and rolling veldt of the north are memorials to other wars from the region's bloody past.’
    • ‘It may not be quite as thrilling to photograph a lion or a zebra in a zoo as it is in the veld of Africa, but you can still make some terrific pictures.’
    • ‘When the house was built the view north was largely of bare veld.’
    grassland, flatland, lowland, pasture, meadowland, open country, prairie, savannah, steppe
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Origin

Afrikaans, from Dutch, literally ‘field’.

Pronunciation

veld

/velt//vɛlt/