[dawr-yahrd, dohr-]


a yard in front of the door of a house.

Origin of dooryard

An Americanism dating back to 1755–65; door + yard2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dooryard

Historical Examples of dooryard

  • But not all our dooryard reminiscences are instinct with pain.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • It set some of us a-hoping--to see them there--a dooryard gate means so much.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • A pile of logs lay in the dooryard, an ax hacked into the end of one.

  • "I've a good mind to lock up," remarked Dan, as he reached the dooryard.

    For the Liberty of Texas

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • While my father was in the woods, the Indians used to come and sleep in the dooryard.

British Dictionary definitions for dooryard



US and Canadian a yard in front of the front or back door of a house
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Word Origin and History for dooryard

c.1764, American English, from door + yard (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper