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[fahrm-yahrd] /ˈfɑrmˌyɑrd/
a yard or enclosure surrounded by or connected with farm buildings.
Origin of farmyard
First recorded in 1740-50; farm + yard2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I went out at the other door into the close or farmyard, and ran across to the house.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • Sheila would probably be busy about the house or she might have work to do in the farmyard.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • He followed her across the farmyard and through the gate into the "loanie."

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • I should like to know who would let her mess about as she does in a farmyard.'

  • In the farmyard the workers were preparing to depart for the night from their long day of toil.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The one he buried in his corn-kiln, the other under the gate of his farmyard.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • He and I walked around the farmyard, noting, observing, admiring.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • Stables and hay-barns filled two sides of the farmyard below him.

    One Man's Initiation--1917 John Dos Passos
  • What do geese, grouse and farmyard fowl know of such things?

  • For Grumpy was careful, as a rule, to visit the farmyard only after dark.

    The Tale of Grumpy Weasel Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for farmyard


  1. an area surrounded by or adjacent to farm buildings
  2. (as modifier): farmyard animals
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