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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • A few of the farmyard folk were a bit jealous of the Muley Cow.

    The Tale of the The Muley Cow Arthur Scott Bailey
  • 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
  • Its action when applied with farmyard manure may also be similar.

  • By obtaining entrance to the farmyard upon which the east end abuts, traces of the original apsidal termination may be seen.

  • I could see that she was agitated even before she reached the farmyard gate.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • 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
  • When I reached the farmyard, a fresh team was being hitched to our carriage.

  • 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
  • The bushy tail causes it to look rather like a product of the farmyard.

British Dictionary definitions for farmyard


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