barn·​yard | \ ˈbärn-ˌyärd How to pronounce barnyard (audio) \

Definition of barnyard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually fenced area adjoining a barn



Definition of barnyard (Entry 2 of 2)

: smutty, earthy, scatological barnyard humor

Examples of barnyard in a Sentence

Adjective goats, pigs, and other barnyard animals
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But to go through all of Walsh’s past incendiary remarks about race, urban crime and underdeveloped countries (about which Walsh used the same barnyard language that had been attributed to Trump), would take all day. Clarence Page,, "Column: Why I appreciate presidential candidate Joe Walsh — for now," 27 Aug. 2019 Back in New York, Henry kept busy by masquerading as G. Clifford Prout, the president of The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals, a faux organization out to convince America to clothe their pets and barnyard animals. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Buck Henry, Fun-Loving Screenwriter and Actor, Dies at 89," 9 Jan. 2020 And discontent to push the boundaries of the sweet/savory divide, her blondie barrels over the line, topped with crunchy, salty Banyuls candied pancetta and a goat cheese whip with no shortage of barnyard funk. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "This husband-and-wife team's Phoenix restaurant lives up to the hype. Here's what to order," 25 Oct. 2019 Plenty of activities are free, including fishing, canoeing and visits to the barnyard to feed animals like goats. New York Times, "Looking for a Weekend Escape? Here Are 5 Family-Friendly Options," 6 July 2018 In this barnyard tale — inspired by the horrors of the old Soviet Union — Orwell presents a timeless critique of the abuses of power. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "Perumal Murugan said his career as a novelist was dead. Lucky for us, he was wrong.," 26 Nov. 2019 Homestead Animal Farm: Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm with hayrides, barnyard animals, children’s play area, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19-20, W320-N9127 Highway 83, Hartland, (262) 966-3840; Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What’s going on in Milwaukee this week: Oct. 18-24," 17 Oct. 2019 Boynton fauna are mostly barnyard or woodland creatures. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Bard of Bedtime," 8 Oct. 2019 The red blend of Grolleau, Gamay and Côt (the fancy French word for Malbec) from the Loire Valley was a thrilling bait and switch that smelled like wet Redwoods in a barnyard, covered by flowering star jasmine. Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appétit, "The Wine That Changed My Life Has a New Vintage, and I Can't Stop Thinking About It," 27 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lard has been beloved now and then but often tastes too barnyard-y. Los Angeles Times, "Duck fat: the magic ingredient you didn’t know your peach pie needed," 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, "Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more," 22 June 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


1924, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jan 2020

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“Barnyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of barnyard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an area of ground near a barn that usually has a fence around it



English Language Learners Definition of barnyard (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to a farm
US, informal : not polite : somewhat crude or rude


barn·​yard | \ ˈbärn-ˌyärd How to pronounce barnyard (audio) \

Kids Definition of barnyard

: a usually fenced area next to a barn

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