backyard

noun
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

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

The meteorite collision was even spotted by at least one observer watching the eclipse from their backyard. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Meteorite Crashed Into the Moon During the Lunar Eclipse," 22 Jan. 2019 The retailer has hot tubs on major discount, perfect for creating your own warm winter retreat in your backyard. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Done With Being Cold? Wayfair Is Having A Hot Tub Sale Right Now," 11 Jan. 2019 The simplest way to compost in your backyard is to make a basic compost bin yourself. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Start Composting," 8 Jan. 2019 That’s why prefab manufacturer LivingHomes has unveiled the LivingHome AD1, a versatile accessory dwelling unit (ADU) that can act as a spare room in the backyard—or stand on its own as a tiny home. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "New prefab home can be yours for under $100K," 24 July 2018 In the backyard, Arne Jacobsen wicker chairs from Sika Design and a side table from JF Chen; custom fireplace screen, Studio Forge. Jenni Konner, ELLE Decor, "Jewelry Designer Irene Neuwirth Takes Us Inside Her Eclectic Los Angeles Home," 13 July 2018 Opening up the gates of their Commanders’ backyards, the Marthas create a path for escape (the scene reminds me of the iconic Shaun of the Dead fence-hoping scene). refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 13: The Martha Express," 11 July 2018 The backyard, a grassy space populated with palms, is taken in from an upper balcony. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean eyes a home sale in Westlake Village," 11 July 2018 That incident, which took place in his grandmother's backyard, sparked outrage and demands for more accountability of deadly force by law enforcement officers. Angela Hart, sacbee, "California police killed more than 170 civilians in 2017," 10 July 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

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 \

Kids Definition of backyard

: an area in the back of a house

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