backyard

[bak-yahrd]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. backwood,
  2. backwoods,
  3. backwoodsman,
  4. backword,
  5. backwrap,
  6. baclava,
  7. bacne,
  8. bacolod,
  9. bacon,
  10. bacon beetle

Origin of backyard

First recorded in 1650–60; back1 + yard2

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British Dictionary definitions for back yard

back yard

noun

a yard at the back of a house, etc
in one's own back yard
  1. close at hand
  2. involving or implicating oneSee NIMBY
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Word Origin and History for back yard

backyard

n.

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

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