[ dawr-yahrd, dohr- ]

  1. a yard in front of the door of a house.

Origin of dooryard

An Americanism dating back to 1755–65; door + yard2

Words Nearby dooryard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use dooryard in a sentence

  • If we find him there as Rutter said, you can gamble that trouble has camped in our dooryard for a lengthy stay.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The dooryard was covered with a heavy sod and the ancient flower beds had run wild with weeds.

  • But Brindle tarried behind and foraged for her supper by nibbling the grass from the overgrown dooryard.

    Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
  • In what once had been the dooryard there were a few straggling clumps of bushes, and thistles and burdocks grew in rank profusion.

    The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
  • Then came the German irises, like soldiers on parade, around the pool, and the bright lemon lilies in the shady dooryard.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton

British Dictionary definitions for dooryard


/ (ˈdɔːˌjɑːd) /

  1. US and Canadian a yard in front of the front or back door of a house

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