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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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

There are likely to be more CBD products now, but that still doesn’t mean that everyone can just grow hemp in their backyard. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Growing hemp is about to be legal for the first time in nearly a century," 30 Nov. 2018 Soon everyone was making salt in their backyards and on their roofs, and the Raj was panicked into throwing 60,000 protesters in jail. Ferdinand Mount, WSJ, "‘Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World’ Review: The Prophet as Politician," 1 Nov. 2018 On Sunday afternoon, according to TMZ, Martin appeared to be hosting a party in his backyard. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Dakota Johnson Denies Rumors That She's Expecting Her First Child With Chris Martin," 8 Oct. 2018 The Wicked Witch from a traveling production of Wizard of Oz stayed with Esser in 2014, and the two became fast friends, to the point that the company had their production’s wrap party in his backyard. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb's Longest-Serving Hosts on the First Decade of Home-Sharing," 30 Aug. 2018 To tune out, shut off your phone, sit in your backyard, and take in your view. Sarah Richards, Woman's Day, "Quiet Your Mind in Anxious Times With These Expert Tricks," 14 Aug. 2018 Betty is seemingly minding her own business when something sparks her infamous spidey-senses, causing her to investigate in her backyard? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Clues from the “Riverdale” Season 3 Trailer That Will Shock You," 23 July 2018 Free of any charges or probation for the first time in years and now fearful of being arrested on a weapon's charge, Yarborough fled the truck and ran up Summit Avenue, weaving in and out of backyards with police in pursuit, the lawsuit says. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Lawsuit says Charlotte cop put gun to head of unarmed man, then lied to justify it," 1 June 2018 The last similar incident Cadwallader could recall occurred in 2013, when a mountain lion attacked and killed several dogs in fenced backyards in east Boise. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Boise family's dog was attacked in its own backyard. Fish and Game suspects a bobcat | Idaho Statesman," 21 May 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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