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[bak-yahrd] /ˈbækˈyɑrd/
the portion of a lot or building site behind a house, structure, or the like, sometimes fenced, walled, etc.
a familiar or nearby area; neighborhood.
Origin of backyard
First recorded in 1650-60; back1 + yard2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We're all like a lot of hens in a backyard, scratching so many hours a day.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • In that backyard I was put to a sort of mild ordeal by question.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • The court is an atrophied institution, a circus surviving in the backyard of history.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Jane had fled screaming through the house and out into the backyard.

    Two Sides of the Face Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The dog took a leisurely bound through the door and into the backyard.

    The Monster S. M. Tenneshaw
Word Origin and History for backyard

also back-yard, 1650s (perhaps early 15c.), from back (adj.) + yard (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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