[ bak-yahrd ]
/ ˈbækˈyɑrd /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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