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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for backyard

lawn, yard, garden, courtyard, terrace, grass, patio

Examples from the Web for backyard

Contemporary Examples of backyard

Historical Examples of backyard

  • We're all like a lot of hens in a backyard, scratching so many hours a day.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • In that backyard I was put to a sort of mild ordeal by question.


    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