[dawr-yahrd, dohr-]
a yard in front of the door of a house.

1755–65, Americanism; door + yard2 Unabridged
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dooryard (ˈdɔːˌjɑːd)
(US), (Canadian) a yard in front of the front or back door of a house

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Example sentences
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.
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