backyard

noun
back·​yard | \ ˈbak-ˈyärd How to pronounce backyard (audio) \

Definition of backyard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an area at the rear of a house
2 : a nearby area : neighborhood crimes committed in our own backyard

backyard

adjective

Definition of backyard (Entry 2 of 2)

: located or occurring in a backyard a backyard barbecue also : lacking professional training : amateur a backyard breeder

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Examples of backyard in a Sentence

Noun

We spent the evening relaxing in the backyard. shocked to learn that the wind farm would be right in our own backyard

Adjective

an orchid that is a favorite with backyard horticulturists
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The backyard includes a private well, pool, and pool house where guests can enjoy some California summer sun. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Jeff Bridges is Selling His Montecito Home For $8 Million," 23 May 2019 Wealthier families also have access to other resources that can supplement screen time for their children—museum memberships, trips to the zoo, backyards. Laura Turner, Glamour, "The Big Problem With the New Screen Time Guidelines for Kids," 26 Apr. 2019 Even more fun is the front and backyard of this house with a white picket fence. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Hooked on Missoni Home's Fairytale Rooms Made Entirely Out of Crochet," 10 Apr. 2019 And Chapman’s right: The backyard gets clean faster with a compliment than a complaint. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "I Tested ‘Love Languages’ and 3 Other Relationship Books on My Marriage," 7 Oct. 2018 In the last two years alone, the Gaineses have overhauled their backyard garden, made over their master bedroom, converted an office into a nursery for their baby boy, and updated their kids' bedrooms. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Reveals Whether She and Chip Would Ever Sell Their Farmhouse," 25 Nov. 2018 The living room has a disappearing wall of glass that opens to the backyard, with a fountain and negative-edge tiered pool and spa. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Hollywood money manager buys $3.8 million Paradise Valley mansion," 25 June 2018 Given the right amount of time, dedication and resources, a backyard garden can be transformed into a fantasy of dreams. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Munster Garden Walk includes eclectic offerings in 2018," 13 June 2018 The story unfolds quietly at first during one evening in the walled off backyard garden and home of Piet and Gladys Benzuidenhout. Marcus Crowder, San Francisco Chronicle, "Athol Fugard’s apartheid drama ‘Lesson From Aloes’ in S.F. just brilliant," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There are about 100,000 meters installed throughout the city, many of which were added in the last 13 years as the Department of Utilities moved backyard water mains to the street and completed upgrades to street water mains. Ellen Garrison, sacbee, "Where's my water meter? Sacramento has installed 100,000 but many households still without | The Sacramento Bee," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of backyard

Noun

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1719, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backyard was in 1618

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backyard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of backyard

: an area in back of a house especially, US : an area of grass behind someone's house
: the general area near and around someone's home

backyard

noun
back·​yard | \ ˈbak-ˈyärd How to pronounce backyard (audio) \

Kids Definition of backyard

: an area in the back of a house

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