schoolyard

noun
school·​yard | \ ˈskül-ˌyärd How to pronounce schoolyard (audio) \
plural schoolyards

Definition of schoolyard

: the area next to or surrounding a school where students typically play games or sports He organized a marbles tournament that could take place only in the schoolyard during recess.— Jerry Spinelli … there was a schoolboyish quality to the way he did it—as if he were trying to show that he was the biggest, toughest boy in the schoolyard.— Elizabeth Drew often used before another nounschoolyard gamesa schoolyard bully

First Known Use of schoolyard

1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of schoolyard was in 1586

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“Schoolyard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schoolyard. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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schoolyard

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English Language Learners Definition of schoolyard

: the area next to or surrounding a school where children play

schoolyard

noun
school·​yard | \ ˈskül-ˌyärd \

Kids Definition of schoolyard

: the playground of a school

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