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 Banishing barnyard and household creatures from his jewels, the designer, who died in 1975 at the age of 50, favored a far more exotic and mythical menagerie of big cats, zebras, frogs and more. Lindsay Talbot, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2022 His cast of characters encompasses not just Speck but his 83-year-old mother, his brother Sam and enough barnyard and woodland creatures to populate a decade's worth of Disney movies. David Holahan, USA TODAY, 21 Sep. 2021 At some point in the midst of their walking around an imaginary barnyard, Adler told the class that an atomic bomb was about to fall. Evan Kindley, The New Republic, 31 Jan. 2022 The keyboard player with the barnyard nickname was born Hargus Melvin Robbins in Spring City, Tennessee, on Jan. 18, 1938. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 30 Jan. 2022 The fox tricks the barnyard animals in the foxtail version. New York Times, 15 Dec. 2021 There is also a good selection of domestic and imported wines, along with refrigerated cases displaying her and other local curated cheeses, with milk bottle pendant lights providing a bit of barnyard dazzle. Beth Segal, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2021 First, menudo falls into that category of foods that smell bad but taste great, things like blue cheese, kimchi, papaya, anchovies in a Caesar salad and red wine with a barnyard whiff from renegade yeast. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Nov. 2021 Weekend admission includes hayride to pumpkin patch, puppet shows, giant straw castle, challenge course, vine climb, mini zip lines, barnyard games, live entertainment and more. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 See More

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First Known Use of barnyard


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1924, in the meaning defined above

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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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