farm·​yard ˈfärm-ˌyärd How to pronounce farmyard (audio)
: land around or enclosed by farm buildings
especially : barnyard

Examples of farmyard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Victoria then zoomed in on the retired athlete and his farmyard flock peeking out of a large wooden coop. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 30 Dec. 2023 Meanwhile, Victoria zooms in on the former soccer pro and the farmyard flock peeking out of a large wooden structure. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 25 Dec. 2023 Last week, however, the farmyard home of Gheorge Puflea, 71, became a piece of attention-grabbing real estate thanks to its unwanted status as the first property in NATO territory damaged in a Russian attack aimed at Ukraine. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2023 So, when Dumplin decided to take a dip in a farmyard pond, naturally, Milkshake tagged along, but wouldn't take the plunge until Dumplin went first. Carissa Quiambao, USA TODAY, 21 June 2023 There’s always a boat in the farmyard. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2022 This food is sold as a treat for farmyard birds. Star Tribune, 22 June 2021 Much like Chicken Little, who famously whips the farmyard into a mass panic while the cunning fox manipulates it for his own gain, such fearmongering can easily sidetrack rigorous national security planning and actually jeopardize the U.S. position in the next space race. Charles Beames, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021 In this picturesque farmyard, surrounded by green fields and white fences, baby goats provide visitors with an escape from reality, relieving troubles and anxieties with a little dose of innocence and joy. Seth Carnell, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of farmyard was in 1686

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“Farmyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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farm·​yard -ˌyärd How to pronounce farmyard (audio)
: space around or enclosed by farm buildings

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