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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To take advantage of the waterfront setting, there’s tropical backyard with a swimming pool, cabana, private dock and 110 feet of water frontage. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2022 Peerspace gets you a stranger’s backyard, barn or basketball court for a bridal shower, birthday party or bat mitzvah. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 In the years since, as Austin’s cost of living has only increased, Jinks’ Dallas/Fort Worth backyard has in fact fostered its own musical scene. Jonny Auping, Rolling Stone, 16 Sep. 2022 Two train cars derailed, damaging a backyard shed, a fence and a gas meter, leading to the evacuation of about 50 people from nearby homes, according to the El Paso Fire Department. Chris Boyette, CNN, 30 Aug. 2022 The El Paso Fire Department said late Monday that crews had responded to an incident where two train cars derailed, damaging a backyard shed, a fence and a gas meter. Chantal Da Silva, NBC News, 30 Aug. 2022 Set it up in a basement, backyard, or even during a family camping trip. Samantha Lawyer, Woman's Day, 17 Aug. 2022 But outside, the only limits are the confines of your imagination and your backyard (or zoning regulations about how far from the lot line your setup needs to be). Kaitlin Petersen, House Beautiful, 4 Aug. 2022 Soccer balls, Frisbees and basketballs lay scattered around the Kotiyas’ small suburban backyard. Tom Murphy, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Paint a pallet a summery color, then mount it to a sturdy surface, such as the wall of a garden shed or a backyard fence. Mary Cornetta, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 At home, most Santa Marians slice the meat into thick steaks to cook on a backyard-style Santa Maria grill ( Sunset Magazine, 1 July 2022 He was attracted to the backyard view of the buttress, which looks more like a lush hillside than a strategy to keep landslides at bay. Hannah Frystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2022 Adirondack chairs are a backyard classic thanks to their sturdy, comfortable structure and pleasing design. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Mar. 2022 The building includes a backyard flagstone patio and is minutes from the Smithsonian National Zoo. The Week Staff, The Week, 6 Feb. 2022 Fulton County investigators say Lanz’s Acworth home shares a backyard fence with the Hicks home. Fox News, 21 Nov. 2021 Lanz’s home on Delphinium Boulevard shares a backyard fence with the couple’s home. Jennifer Peebles, ajc, 20 Nov. 2021 In a warming world, demand for refrigeration systems may rise as owners of small ice rinks — especially backyard versions that have traditionally relied on naturally freezing temperatures — struggle to keep the ice intact. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Backyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for backyard


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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