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[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.
Origin of backyard
1650-60; back1 + yard2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The backyard, utilized as a garden, furnishes vegetables which the girls cook and can.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • Jane had fled screaming through the house and out into the backyard.

    Two Sides of the Face Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • I's just looking over an' dee-spairin' of ever gettin' my backyard to look like yours!

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
  • The dog took a leisurely bound through the door and into the backyard.

    The Monster S. M. Tenneshaw
  • He went out to the backyard again, where all the other members of the club were still lounging on the grass, watching the sky.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones
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
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