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



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 Regions in our own backyard, like Napa and Sonoma, have benefited in major ways from the protections that Champagne has won for its own name. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 July 2021 For those looking for an easy entrance into birding this summer, IndyStar offers five recommendations from Hoosier birding experts for trips across the state, including one in our city's own backyard, as well as some tips for beginners. Ryan Martin, The Indianapolis Star, 13 July 2021 Master Naturalist Lynn Kochiss will teach guests about the nature in their own backyard., 2 July 2021 As a whole, the collection nails the high-earning beach bum look—a style that translates from Amagansett to Cebu to your own backyard. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 1 July 2021 As for the backyard of the property, a tent was set up around the patio, so that, even in the case of rain, the wedding day would go smoothly. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 30 June 2021 As America emerges from the haze of the pandemic, travelers who aren’t quite ready to go abroad may seek new ways to experience their own backyard—and the Great Lakes offer no shortage of adventures. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 June 2021 His parents even bought a pommel horse for his backyard., 20 June 2021 For someone who spent the better part of a decade in San Francisco scouring overpriced and sham Craigslist postings for someone's backyard shed, this experience was nothing short of revelatory. Alex Gold, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As the sun dimmed over Houston on Sunday, a Bengal tiger with a collar around its neck jumped over a backyard fence and began to roam leisurely through the grassy front lawns along the block, alarming neighbors. Washington Post, 11 May 2021 The Camaro went onto the sidewalk and across a small drainage ditch before smashing through a backyard fence on Maverick Creek and striking a tree. Jacob Beltran,, 17 Dec. 2020 Webb and Anderson dream of days without a pandemic — days when Oak & Swan will be full from the front of the shop to the backyard fence line. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, 28 Oct. 2020 Miller High Life is giving away a backyard dive bar. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Sep. 2020 No one was injured when the vehicle crashed into a backyard fence in the 3500 block of South Center Street. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, 18 Aug. 2020 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, 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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22 Jul 2021

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“Backyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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


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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