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  1. Slang. a cemetery.
  2. Slang. an area where old or discarded cars, ships, planes, etc., are collected prior to being broken up for scrap or otherwise disposed of.
  3. Also called stock. Dominoes. the bank, consisting of the remaining dominoes after each person has made an initial draw.
  4. a place or area where the bones of wild animals accumulate or are collected.
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Origin of boneyard

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; bone + yard2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

catacomb, cemetery, crypt, garden, grave, graveyard, mortuary, necropolis, ossuary, sepulcher, tomb, vault, Golgotha, charnel, churchyard

Examples from the Web for boneyard

Historical Examples

  • It was the usual “boneyard” article which had doubtless been set up in the newspaper office years before.

    The Case and Exceptions

    Frederick Trevor Hill

  • What had been a flourishing cattle country was a boneyard where the agents of fertilizer factories bargained for skeletons.

  • He said I'd got a boneyard of some ancient people, and he'd rob graves to find out all about them olden times.

    A Man in the Open

    Roger Pocock

  • It would lift them out of the boneyard of antiquity and put them fifty years ahead of their competitors.


    Jane Abbott

  • Why on earth was Robin worrying her little head over the Mills and talking so absurdly about a boneyard?


    Jane Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for boneyard


  1. an informal name for a cemetery
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