junk·​yard ˈjəŋk-ˌyärd How to pronounce junkyard (audio)
: a yard used to store sometimes resalable junk

Example Sentences

The car was hauled off to the junkyard.
Recent Examples on the Web At least one lonely DXP has been found in a junkyard. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 11 July 2020 The converters contain precious metals, giving them a high dollar value at junkyards, officials have said. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Apr. 2023 But current zoning allows for heavy industry with such unsightly businesses as junkyards and outdoor businesses peddling merchandise along sections of one of Huntsville’s main corridors. Scott Turner | Sturner@al.com, al, 16 Mar. 2023 When a car arrives at a junkyard at the end of its useful life, there are many parts on it that can be sold and reused. Ray Magliozzi, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Feb. 2023 But local residents seemed satisfied that the land acquisition company behind the proposal — JK Land Holdings — would not be bringing in a junkyard, landfill or anything else causing more traffic or industrial pollution. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2023 The planned end of NASA’s Constellation program—after five years and nearly $10 billion—does not mean that all of its pieces will head for the junkyard. David Kushner, Discover Magazine, 5 Jan. 2011 Butters lives briefly in a junkyard, working to rebuild society, while Cartman waits for those sweet, sweet sopaipillas to come his way. Vulture, 26 Dec. 2022 But among the muck was a cellphone junkyard. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of junkyard was in 1869

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“Junkyard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junkyard. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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