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

Salt Lake City Police Detective Greg Wilking also told CNN that cops are looking into the reports that the homeowner recently burned several items in his backyard. Steve Helling,, "Cops Search for Mattress Possibly Linked to Missing Utah Student as Her Instagram Account Shows New Activity," 28 June 2019 Grant Park, Milwaukee County There’s an old saying that the best park is the one in your backyard. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some of Wisconsin’s best parks are small county and city ones," 27 June 2019 On a bright morning in late June, Shirl Ireland stands in her backyard painting majestic Mount Sepulchre, which rises from the northern edge of Yellowstone National Park. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "How art saved Yellowstone—and the landscape still inspires," 26 June 2019 While interviewing a man in his backyard, Kinton noticed a scrawny white puppy near the back of his lawn. Anne Nickoloff,, "Cleveland celebrity dog Snowball achieves stardom as an actor," 24 June 2019 In his backyard, Hong Pham tipped a pale, soupy batter onto a piece of cotton stretched over a pot of boiling water, and covered it with a lid. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "The Art of Banh Cuon, Vietnamese Rice Rolls," 20 June 2019 Savoie noted many New Orleanians have no idea this kind of work is being done in their backyard. Jennifer Larino,, "A New Orleans-area firm’s ‘radiation shield’ could save astronaut lives," 19 June 2019 But its recent spread in Asia is becoming a major economic problem for the region, where thousands of farmers raise pigs in their backyard and rely on them for their livelihood. Vox Staff, Vox, "“Pig Ebola” is spreading uncontrollably in China and Vietnam," 6 June 2019 Drumsticks are the perfect portable food for a picnic in the park or a party in your backyard. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cold Spiced Chicken," 20 May 2019

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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