back lot

noun

variants or backlot
plural back lots or backlots
: an area used by a movie studio for large or permanent exterior sets
Not all of the exteriors were filmed in Chicago. Related scenes were staged on the excellent Burbank Studios backlot.George E. Turner, American Cinematographer, November 1990

Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of back lot was in 1927

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“Back lot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/back%20lot. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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