bone·​yard ˈbōn-ˌyärd How to pronounce boneyard (audio)
: a place where worn-out or damaged objects (such as cars) are collected to await disposal

Examples of boneyard in a Sentence

a once-notorious gunslinger who now lies in the forlorn boneyard of an Old West ghost town
Recent Examples on the Web Like Davis-Monthan, these boneyards aren't accessible to the public. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 17 Mar. 2024 Retired planes are sent to aircraft boneyards, also called aircraft graveyards. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 17 Mar. 2024 That process began in earnest this spring, with the oldest models selected for the boneyard. Kelsey D. Atherton, Popular Science, 25 May 2023 The last Boeing 747 commercial passenger jet to be delivered was in July 2017 -- a jumbo for Korean Air Lines -- and in January 2018 US passenger operations ended when Delta Air Lines Flight 9771 touched down in a jetliner boneyard in Marana, Arizona. Howard Slutsken, CNN, 7 Dec. 2022 There, it was meant to be fitted with a lavish interior, but that never happened, and after failing to find a new buyer, the plane was eventually flown to Pinal Airpark in Arizona – an aircraft boneyard where retired planes get stripped for parts or stored indefinitely. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 15 Feb. 2023 More than a dozen B-1 bombers decommissioned by the Air Force have been flown to a boneyard in Tucson. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 Ready to survey the 2020 broadcast boneyard? James Hibberd,, 17 June 2020 If the front yard had seemed ramshackle, the back was a boneyard, strewn with truncated mannequins, disabled gadgets, warped planks of plywood, disintegrating plaster cornices, and mysteriously jumbled piles of bric-a-brac. Lawrence Weschler, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of boneyard was in 1839

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

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