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barn·​yard ˈbärn-ˌyärd How to pronounce barnyard (audio)
: a usually fenced area adjoining a barn


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: smutty, earthy, scatological
barnyard humor

Examples of barnyard in a Sentence

Adjective goats, pigs, and other barnyard animals
Recent Examples on the Web
The loops take you up sharp hillsides, through pastures, and into hamlets where the air carries a barnyard tang. Tim Neville, Travel + Leisure, 1 Apr. 2024 Meet Old MacDonald and his buddy El Señor Pancho, ready to bring the barnyard to life with animal sounds in English and Spanish. Roxsy Lin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2024 Doctors sometimes use a barnyard analogy to talk about the vast differences between cancers. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 12 Jan. 2024 At its best, which is often, this Grammy-winning trio seamlessly erases the lines between bluegrass and chamber-pop, folk and neoclassical, shimmering psychedelic elegies and earthy barnyard romps. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Dec. 2023 Last week the actor made a video with his pet goats (who frequently star on Bacon’s social media), comedically spinning a toy version in a circle in the barnyard while the real goats looked on. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 28 Sep. 2023 While domestic ducks spend their days in a barnyard or a pen, wild ducks fly hundreds or thousands of miles twice a year, Wilkins points out. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 17 Aug. 2023 Plus, the toys can help teach kids the names of barnyard animals. Bridget Shirvell, Parents, 18 Nov. 2023 Trouble and the rest of the herd spent their days roaming three canyons and being tended to by staff in the animal barnyard. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023
And while this time there are no actual goats wandering around, Sedgwick provides some barnyard accompaniment with a screaming toy as Bacon strums his acoustic guitar. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 10 Feb. 2023 Shaun the Sheep fans can't get enough of these barnyard animals and all their gentle adventures. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 30 Sep. 2022 Lard has been beloved now and then but often tastes too barnyard-y. Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2019 Remlinger Farms Country Fair Fun Park ONGOING Barnyard animals, pony rides, steam train, kiddie rides, entertainment, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, 32610 N.E. 32nd St., Carnation; $12.76-$14.94 (425-333-4135 or Madeline McKenzie, The Seattle Times, 22 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barnyard was in the 14th century

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“Barnyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a usually fenced area around a barn

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