back·yard | \ˈbak-ˈyärd \

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



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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Synonyms for backyard

Synonyms: Noun

environs, neighborhood, purlieus, vicinity

Synonyms: Adjective

amateur, avocational, jackleg, nonprofessional, Sunday

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Examples of backyard in a Sentence


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


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

This reflects how circus, in the beginning, was an insular pursuit that a small circle of friends would practice in our backyards, teaching each other partner acrobatics, or acro yoga., "Her circus business embraces the unconventional," 14 July 2018 To survive whopping Illinois property taxes, let’s all just knock out the toilets in our own homes and set up port-a-potties in our backyards. John Kass,, "For Mayor Globe-trotter, it's the money that matters," 13 July 2018 The state Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a Pewaukee Lake resident deserves a major tax break for planting trees in his backyard. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Supreme Court accepts case challenging agricultural tax breaks," 13 July 2018 In early June, four collapsed in their backyard on the same day. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Volunteers care for Navajo wild horses during drought, despite overpopulation concerns," 13 July 2018 Larry Hazlewood befriended a big one with orange dorsal spikes who basked in his backyard and swam in his canal. Linda Robertson, miamiherald, "South Florida is suffering from an iguana infestation. A solution? Think barbecue.," 11 July 2018 But that's what happened in late May. The 44-year-old photographer gave short notice to 40 friends and acquaintances, inviting them to an informal photo shoot in her backyard. Amanda Kingsbury, Indianapolis Star, "Ugly. Chubby. Scarred. Hate is washed away in Indiana photographer's swimsuit shoot," 10 July 2018 Chin, a restaurant owner in Carlin, Nevada, who has been involved in the case since a property owner in the city found the remains in his backyard in November 1996. NBC News, "Remains exhumed from forgotten Chinese cemetery reburied after two decades," 4 July 2018 For years around the Fourth of July, Northup had dazzled his children and neighbors with fireworks displays in his backyard in Euclid, Ohio – a state where fireworks are legal to purchase. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Fireworks display gone wrong nearly cost firefighter his vision," 29 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


1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1719, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backyard was in 1618

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English Language Learners Definition of backyard

: an area in back of a house; especially : an area of grass behind someone's house

: the general area near and around someone's home


back·yard | \ˈbak-ˈyärd \

Kids Definition of backyard

: an area in the back of a house

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