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


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

La’Wana Harris of Wake Forest, N.C., reserves time on weekends to play in her backyard with her 4-year-old grandson, Jaden Harris. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Turn Your Weekends Into Mini-Vacations," 26 Mar. 2019 Dawn Bodley didn't mind that bulldozers carved a containment line through her backyard. Jonathan J. Cooper, Fox News, "Firefighting mars the earth. California crews are fixing it," 15 Aug. 2018 Last week, Canadian resident Randi Ingram spotted a mother moose and triplets marching through her backyard in Didsbury, Alberta. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Rare Moose Triplets Spotted—Here's Why They're So Unusual," 5 June 2018 How is this delay and denial happening in America’s backyard? Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News, "Veterans facing new obstacle after appeal is denied in burn pit case," 2 Oct. 2018 The pair left Honduras after the boy's grandparents were executed with a machete and left for dead in the family’s backyard, the lawsuit states. Kathleen Mcwilliams,, "Court To Hear Arguments In Case Of Two Children Held In Connecticut Separated From Their Parents At The Border," 11 July 2018 The stolen were stolen out of crates in the friend’s backyard. Kari Barnett,, "Boynton Beach, Lantana area crime log: June 18-July 2," 6 July 2018 Clark, 22, was shot last month after being chased into his grandmother’s backyard by two officers responding to reports of a man breaking car windows. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Stephon Clark-inspired use of force bill 'dumbfounded' police chiefs, they say," 19 June 2018 There are a few examples—some foreign solar-panel manufacturers made plans for new plants in Uncle Sam’s backyard after tariffs were announced in January. The Economist, "Canaries in the coal mine," 14 June 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, 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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