Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A shepherd's hut.
  • n. Chiefly British A mountain pasture used in the summer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An area of summer pasture used for cattle, sheep etc.
  • n. A shepherd's hut or shack.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hut or shelter for shepherds of fishers. See sheeling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as sheal.

Etymologies

From Scots shiel, hut, from Middle English schele, possibly from Old English *scēla, probably of Scandinavian origin; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From shiel, from Old Norse skjól ("shelter, cover"). Akin to Danish skjul ("cover"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 'Our shieling was a good mile lower down the stream than the artist's summer hut.

    Our Home in the Silver West A Story of Struggle and Adventure

  • This is a secluded vale, called Killean, which, besides its natural attractions -- and these are many -- is distinguished as one of the few places where the old practice of resorting to the 'shieling' for summer grazing of cattle is still observed.

    Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2

  • "gledes of light," and with "shieling" for a pastoral summer station in the hills.

    The Homeric Hymns A New Prose Translation; and Essays, Literary and Mythological

  • Had she but read Euphues, and forgotten that accursed mill and shieling-hill, it is my thought that her converse would be broidered with as many and as choice pearls of compliment, as that of the most rhetorical lady in the court of Feliciana.

    The Monastery

  • It was a moonlight night, and Montrose, worn out by the fatigues of the day, was laid down to sleep in a miserable shieling.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • The form of the retiring chief crossed it for an instant, the hurdle was then closed, and the shieling left in darkness.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • A shieling in cop-pingers and porrish soup all days.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Expect to learn about the workings of a Highland shieling summer grazing in the high mountains, the method for waterproofing boots when going duck shooting in a marsh, castle architecture, battle tactics and strategy.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • Switzer pine amid the luxuriant scenes of tropical life, when their thoughts revert to the smoky shieling or to the rock-encompassed

    Woman on the American Frontier

  • The shieling, as Donald called it, was about a hundred yards past the highest point of the road, where a picket was on the watch.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

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