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back·​yard ˈbak-ˈyärd How to pronounce backyard (audio)
: an area at the rear of a house
: a nearby area : neighborhood
crimes committed in our own backyard


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: located or occurring in a backyard
a backyard barbecue
also : lacking professional training : amateur
a backyard breeder

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
Recent Examples on the Web
The imposing living room is housed within a 26-foot-high pavilion that connects to the backyard pool area via half a dozen floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 13 May 2024 Last Tuesday, the victim was in her backyard with a friend and two young children when Shadbar began revving his motorcycle engine, records show. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 11 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for backyard 

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Word History

First Known Use


1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1719, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of backyard was in 1618

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Cite this Entry

“Backyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an area in back of a house
: an area in which one has a special interest

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