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backyard

[bak-yahrd] /ˈbækˈyɑrd/
noun
1.
the portion of a lot or building site behind a house, structure, or the like, sometimes fenced, walled, etc.
2.
a familiar or nearby area; neighborhood.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; back1 + yard2
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backyard

n.

also back-yard, 1650s (perhaps early 15c.), from back (adj.) + yard (n.1).

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