junk·​yard | \ ˈjəŋk-ˌyärd How to pronounce junkyard (audio) \

Definition of junkyard

: a yard used to store sometimes resalable junk

Examples of junkyard in a Sentence

The car was hauled off to the junkyard.

Recent Examples on the Web

The industrial area, located near the Kansas River, is reportedly surrounded by junkyards, railroad tracks, and an abundance of semi-trucks parked in rows behind tall fences, according to the Kansas City Star. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Kansas Teen, 17, Found Dead After Going to Help Longtime Adult Male Friend Clean His Home," 2 July 2019 The company Skelly had helped build would be stripped for parts like a car in a junkyard. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Building the Wind Turbines Was Easy. The Hard Part Was Plugging Them In," 22 June 2019 Although the model had been on display at Universal Studios Hollywood for years since the release of the film, in 1990 it was acquired by a local junkyard, where the shark remained until the time of its donation. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Jaws Lives! Last Shark Mold of Steven Spielberg's Classic Film 'Transformed' for Academy Museum," 21 June 2019 With sales consideration plunging, according to Autotrader, the future of the minivan may be following a similar course as other vehicles that ended up in the auto industry's junkyard. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Death of the minivan? As Americans buy more SUVs, is the minivan headed for the junkyard?," 7 June 2019 Coal mine operator Perry Markley designed and built the shovel in the early 1900s using junkyard parts. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 The best way to practice is to get a cheap used car panel from a junkyard or a piece of steel if lugging a door home isn’t your cup of tea. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "How to Paint a Car," 4 Feb. 2019 Set in the 1980s, Hailee helms the film as a teen named Charlie who finds Bumblebee disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle in a local junkyard. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Jorge Lendeborg Jr. on the Heart of "Bumblebee," the Importance of "SpongeBob SquarePants," and Impressing His Biggest Critic," 20 Dec. 2018 Then one day, rooting around in the junkyard for spare parts, Charlie comes upon a little yellow VW Bug. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bumblebee is basically E.T., but with a Transformer. It’s delightful!," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of junkyard

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of junkyard was in 1880

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English Language Learners Definition of junkyard

: a place where you can buy, sell, or leave junk

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