backyard

[ bak-yahrd ]
/ ˈbækˈyɑrd /

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.

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Origin of backyard

First recorded in 1650–60; back1 + yard2
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British Dictionary definitions for backyard

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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