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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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  • In his backyard, he'd built a solid oak cabinet to house the record player.
  • My backyard has rabbit tracks all over it, but that does not make my backyard the rabbit capital of the world.
  • Many are planting gardens or raising backyard chickens.
  • He inhabited a cellar apartment, with barred windows that gave out onto a backyard and a storage bin for the building's junk.
  • Already, constellation outlines have been added, as well as guides to backyard stargazing and an animation of lunar positions.
  • It is similar to deducing that the thin layer of ice on my backyard bird-bath this morning means that winter is returning.
  • For in its own backyard, the firm has had to fight to preserve its reputation for exclusivity.
  • The reason, revealed by satellite, is that the suburbs have more backyard ponds and puddles.
  • It may make more sense for the west to ensure that their own backyard is clean before teaching others lessons on good governance.
  • The flowers and plants in your own backyard or neighborhood park also may have a role in this global drama.
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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