Definition of backyard in English:



  • 1A yard at the back of a house or other building.

    • ‘The backyards and high tech buildings may house refrigerator-sized fuel cells.’
    • ‘Some of these properties have steep driveways and no backyards or side yards to accommodate parking spaces, garages and storage workshops.’
    • ‘The residents were directed to whitewash houses, clean backyards and houses, fence wells and clean latrines twice a day, within 24 hours.’
    • ‘The youngsters raided the backyards of houses, appropriating the ‘besoms’ or brooms usually kept there, and these they subsequently used as torches on Guy Fawkes Day, or rather, night.’
    • ‘Our home was a modest four-bedroom house with a backyard of grass and rose bushes.’
    • ‘Here's a guy who sets up his house and his backyard like a playground for children.’
    • ‘She gazed out the window, at the tree house in the backyard, her eyes vacant.’
    • ‘Front yards, side yards, backyards disappear; porches are no more.’
    • ‘She wanted her to grow up in a nice house with a backyard, so she could play.’
    • ‘Through a side window we can see a large, ungainly pig sloshing through mud and muck in the backyard of the house.’
    • ‘It was previously part of a backyard belonging to a house which has since been incorporated into the school property.’
    • ‘For many years, dealers have been operating on an uneven playing field where traders have been operating and selling cars from their backyards, through auction houses and car fairs.’
    • ‘A half-glass door, also white, allows access along the side of the house to the backyard.’
    • ‘This bit of roof is at the righthand side of the house and we could see into the backyard of the house next door.’
    • ‘Glancing across the yard, he saw a willow tree in the backyard of the next house, and sitting in it was a girl.’
    • ‘Corrugated huts house additional families in backyards and the shanty towns overflow with new arrivals.’
    • ‘It's also partly because it's a real hassle living in a house with a backyard.’
    • ‘Whether you're the outdoorsy type or a backyard party master the Web has some sites to enlighten your summer experience.’
    • ‘The backyards of these houses, in consequence, became smaller and more irregular, frequently in shadow for most of the day.’
    • ‘After about five hours we had cleaned everything, from the kitchen to my room and from the backyard to the front yard.’
    1. 1.1North American A back garden.
      • ‘In the warm months, I enjoy watching the animals that are attracted to the flowers in my backyard.’
      • ‘Students sketched ‘attractive lawns and backyards and [gave] suggestions of what native shrubbery to use and when to transplant it’ in this class.’
      • ‘I watched the flower in our backyard, day after day, as the huge purple petals unfolded.’
      • ‘My mom grows hundreds of flowers in our backyard, and I helped plant most of them.’
      • ‘Moving to the back, Austin reached for the garden gate and entered his backyard.’
      • ‘Bricks, logs and other materials have been recycled into a retaining wall to keep dirt from the basketball court and into backyards as borders for gardens, many of which boast impressive rose gardens.’
      • ‘His botanical images, which reveal the brilliant colors of nature and the strange forms and unique textures of flowers from people's backyards from around the world, have become his signature.’
      • ‘It involves a simple count of the number of birds visiting a garden or backyard in an hour.’
    2. 1.2informal The area close to where one lives, regarded with proprietorial concern.
      ‘children must be made aware of environmental issues in their own backyard’
      • ‘Nor do we need to be persuaded to make efforts to resist that happening in our own backyard.’
      • ‘Whereas for India, this is happening essentially in our own backyard.’
      • ‘The opportunity to see an artist who puts on a good show in your own backyard or at a small venue is priceless.’
      • ‘Here again, the balance of forces is an order of magnitude more difficult to manage than in our own backyard.’
      • ‘Facing these views at home, and in my own backyard, has been much more trying.’
      • ‘He insists that, despite the game's international attractions, he has more important business to attend to in his own backyard.’
      • ‘If they cannot be open-minded and fair in their own backyard, they should be ignored in other areas as well.’
      • ‘I hope people will turn up and support us because if you've got people cheering you on, in your own backyard, it has got to help.’
      • ‘In their own backyard they can see if their products and services will fly, without losing too much face.’
      • ‘His latest album celebrates another lost community, but this time right in his own backyard.’
      • ‘When my home PC slowed down then started crashing a couple of days ago, I knew it was time to go on a malware hunt in my own backyard.’
      • ‘As such it's in our own backyard and close enough, for those who can afford it, to drive to.’
      • ‘You are looking for new people, so let's start with right in your own backyard.’
      • ‘After seeing what was out there in the other schools, he was able to view what was in his own backyard with a new appreciation.’
      • ‘These same concerns are no where to be seen in our own backyard.’
      • ‘Everybody supports competition, but then says competition should not be allowed in their own backyard.’
      • ‘We have so many issues here in our own backyard that we need to pay attention to that this is where the Peace movement is going.’
      • ‘The common perception was they weren't going to lose in their own backyard.’
      • ‘As a result it is our responsibility to ensure these spaces in our own backyard remain clean and free of rubbish for the community to enjoy.’
      • ‘Yet, he does not even know about spending mistakes in his own backyard.’