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 Last July, a 56-year-old backyard mechanic was found dead in Pahrump four days after strong quakes struck near Ridgecrest, California, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) away., "Nevada Highway Damaged By Largest Area Quake in 65 Years," 19 May 2020 The hens will be nursed back to health and available for adoption for backyard flocks throughout the state. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "A California animal sanctuary sent two planes to Iowa to rescue 1,000 chickens that were going to be euthanized," 18 May 2020 These include more tiny houses or even shipping containers in suburban backyards. Richard A. Marini,, "The post-coronavirus pandemic home will have more walls, more porches, more flex rooms and dedicated office areas, plus tiny houses for mom and dad," 18 May 2020 Drag racing engines, which are loosely based on a half-century-old Chrysler design, were developed by thousands of backyard mechanics and a few engineers working independently but sharing knowledge. Paul Stenquist, New York Times, "A (Barely) Controlled Explosion, and 330 M.P.H. Before You Can Blink," 17 May 2020 Vegetable growing and backyard chickens:Gardening, farming booms during coronavirus pandemic In addition to growing your own food, there are other benefits. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "Puzzles, knitting, gardening: Slow living makes a fast comeback," 15 May 2020 So the wedding shifted back to April 18, but moved online – a Zoom wedding in Sam’s backyard. Madison Smalstig, USA Today, "Grandpa John couldn't come to the wedding, so the wedding came to him," 14 May 2020 Pepper Pike and Shaker Heights are the only two other local communities that provide such a backyard pickup service. cleveland, "University Heights examining its garbage collection system, and possibly less expensive methods," 14 May 2020 Whereas one person may feel that there are considerable mental health benefits to attending a small backyard barbecue with friends, another may think that potential exposure to the virus by an asymptomatic carrier is more stressful than it’s worth. Dallas News, "Disagreements about how we move forward in a pandemic add conflict to concern," 14 May 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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22 May 2020

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“Backyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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