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 Our backyard has never looked this good, thanks to all the time my wife has put into gardening. Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: That feeling when the news archives read like today's front page," 11 July 2020 Terri Rottman has been sketching the flora in her Beaverton backyard as a way to find stillness and clarity while staying home during the coronavirus pandemic. oregonlive, "Sketch your garden: Finding ‘stillness and clarity’ during the coronavirus shutdown," 8 July 2020 My backyard looks great, but for some reason the front is spotty. Neil Sperry,, "Neil Sperry: Frost cloth can save your tomatoes from hungry birds," 2 July 2020 Here’s how to get kids crawling around your backyard. Avery Hurt, National Geographic, "Take kids on a backyard safari," 26 June 2020 Grey’s Anatomy star Debbie Allen hosted the ceremony, officiated by the couple’s friend Erica Summers, in her backyard in Los Angeles—and Allen even did the catering. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Raven-Symoné Just Spilled All the Details About Her Secret Wedding to Miranda Pearman-Maday," 24 June 2020 Add a game set or two to your backyard and give your family something new to try on lazy Sunday afternoons. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Make Your Backyard Staycation-Ready," 24 June 2020 And one of the best ways to attract these creatures is to add a birdbath to your backyard. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 6 Best Birdbaths to Upgrade Your Garden This Summer," 22 June 2020 The 19-year-old, who remains unidentified but lives in Sierra Madre — around 20 miles northeast of Los Angeles — was napping in a chair at her backyard Monday evening. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "A black bear attacked a napping woman. She smacked it away with her laptop.," 20 June 2020 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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2 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Backyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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