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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for dooryard
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  • At last the wagon left the hard road and pulled up in a dooryard.

    The Tale of Miss Kitty Cat Arthur Scott Bailey
  • I'll take it right from your own dooryard in just about two jiffies.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • He would cross between the boathouse and the roses in MacRae's dooryard.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The young husband could stand in his dooryard and kill wild turkeys with his rifle.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • It hardly seems fair to Kiddie Katydid—this uproar right in his dooryard.

    The Tale of Kiddie Katydid Arthur Scott Bailey
  • But as for the neighbor's dooryard it was as bare and ugly as ever.

    The Story-teller Maud Lindsay
  • I went at once to call upon the Dunkelbergs and learned from a man at work in the dooryard that they had gone away for the summer.

    The Light in the Clearing Irving Bacheller
  • But not all our dooryard reminiscences are instinct with pain.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • They could see the evidences of basket making in the dooryard, but the cottage was locked up and minus furniture.

    The Putnam Hall Encampment Arthur M. Winfield
  • A pile of logs lay in the dooryard, an ax hacked into the end of one.

British Dictionary definitions for dooryard


(US & Canadian) a yard in front of the front or back door of a house
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dooryard

c.1764, American English, from door + yard (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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