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See synonyms for backyard on
  1. the portion of a lot or building site behind a house, structure, or the like, sometimes fenced, walled, etc.

  2. a familiar or nearby area; neighborhood.

Origin of backyard

First recorded in 1650–60; back1 + yard2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use backyard in a sentence

  • I guess it had about a minimum of two bedrooms, rather large back yard.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • By-and-by I beat the shoemaker on metres and the son in the back yard, and then I left 'em, for they was no more use to me.

    The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
  • I'd far rather mop out my back yard any day than write the receipt for the lodgers' rent.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) | Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • Two medium-sized buggy wheels were found in the back yard of a blacksmith shop, which were procured for a nominal price.

British Dictionary definitions for back yard

back yard

  1. a yard at the back of a house, etc

  2. in one's own back yard

    • close at hand

    • involving or implicating one: See NIMBY

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