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[fahrm-yahrd] /ˈfɑrmˌyɑrd/
a yard or enclosure surrounded by or connected with farm buildings.
Origin of farmyard
1740-50; farm + yard2 Unabridged
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  • But a mob of country louts are drilling in a farmyard up the moorlands, to plunder and destroy us, if they can.

    Slain By The Doones R. D. Blackmore
  • Sheila would probably be busy about the house or she might have work to do in the farmyard.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • As she spoke a dog howled in a farmyard beneath them, and she shot upwards as though lifted by a sudden gust of wind.

    Jimbo Algernon Blackwood
  • He followed her across the farmyard and through the gate into the "loanie."

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • By obtaining entrance to the farmyard upon which the east end abuts, traces of the original apsidal termination may be seen.

  • I should like to know who would let her mess about as she does in a farmyard.'

  • A cock "proper" is generally represented of the kind which in farmyard phraseology is known as a gamecock (Fig. 468).

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • Stables and hay-barns filled two sides of the farmyard below him.

    One Man's Initiation--1917 John Dos Passos
  • He opened the gate into the farmyard and walked up to the house door with a beating heart.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • A few of the farmyard folk were a bit jealous of the Muley Cow.

    The Tale of the The Muley Cow Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for farmyard


  1. an area surrounded by or adjacent to farm buildings
  2. (as modifier): farmyard animals
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