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[dawr-yahrd, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌyɑrd, ˈdoʊr-/
a yard in front of the door of a house.
Origin of dooryard
1755-65, Americanism; door + yard2 Unabridged
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  • Everything about the old farmhouse was clean and orderly, as if the green dooryard were not only swept, but dusted.
  • By the dooryard, a tiny landscape of succulents is planted in a venerable marble sink.
  • They come bumping into the dooryard sometime after one.
  • It may be possible to apply milk spray to dooryard trees and see if psyllids appear in the commercial orchards.
  • High priority should be placed on obtaining threatened commensal or dooryard accessions of the tetraploid species.
  • Placing naturalized desert at the dooryard and near the house yields interest and year-round beauty.
British Dictionary definitions for dooryard


(US & 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).

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