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

In Issaquah and towns like it across the region, that takes a shape familiar from recent destructive California wildfires: heavy vegetation that spills into backyards, often pressing against houses in neighborhoods with few escape routes. oregonlive.com, "Global warming brings increasing wildfire risk to rainy parts of the Pacific Northwest," 4 Aug. 2019 Surely a bright line exists between snapping a photo with your phone from an airplane window and focusing a telescopic lens a few hundred feet over someone’s backyard. Arthur Holland Michel, The Atlantic, "Aerial Surveillance Is Astonishingly Legal," 3 Aug. 2019 Hours after the shooting, a neighbor of Sherra Wright noticed a perplexing event in Wright’s backyard. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Revisiting Details of the Lorenzen Wright Case and Questions That Remain," 29 July 2019 Apple has been working on its own modem technology for the past couple of years and has established development centers, including in San Diego, a hotbed for modem development and Qualcomm’s backyard, to support the effort. Time, "Here's Why Apple Just Spent $1 Billion to Buy Intel's Modem Business," 25 July 2019 Coni’Seafood began as a small underground operation in Vicente Cossio’s backyard in 1986. Los Angeles Times, "Coni’Seafood in Inglewood is the ultimate American success story," 23 July 2019 Kourtney’s backyard is on the f—ing news the whole time. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Kourtney Kardashian Says She Considered Moving to Italy During the California Wildfires," 23 July 2019 Animal Complaint, Beechwood Drive: Police were dispatched 3:58 p.m. July 8 for a report of a skunk in someone’s backyard. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Unknown man lurks on man’s porch looking in windows: Russell Township police blotter," 12 July 2019 This fall, 1,200 square feet of the city’s Amtrak station will host a preview of the APG Discovery Center, an ambitious plan to bring interactive exhibits on robotics, virtual reality and computer science to Aberdeen Proving Ground’s backyard. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "'To excite and inspire': Preview of Aberdeen science center to open this fall," 9 July 2019

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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