Definition of backyard in English:

backyard

noun

  • 1North American A yard behind a house or other building, typically surrounded by a fence.

    ‘a tree-shaded succession of backyards’
    as modifier ‘a casual backyard party’
    • ‘I watched the flower in our backyard, day after day, as the huge purple petals unfolded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My mom grows hundreds of flowers in our backyard, and I helped plant most of them.’
    • ‘It involves a simple count of the number of birds visiting a garden or backyard in an hour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moving to the back, Austin reached for the garden gate and entered his backyard.’
  • 2The area close to where one lives, or the territory close to a particular country, regarded with proprietorial concern.

    ‘anything was preferable to a nuclear dump in their 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.’
    • ‘Facing these views at home, and in my own backyard, has been much more trying.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whereas for India, this is happening essentially in our own backyard.’
    • ‘These same concerns are no where to be seen in our own backyard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He insists that, despite the game's international attractions, he has more important business to attend to in his own backyard.’
    • ‘As such it's in our own backyard and close enough, for those who can afford it, to drive to.’
    • ‘The common perception was they weren't going to lose in their own backyard.’
    • ‘You are looking for new people, so let's start with right in your own backyard.’
    • ‘His latest album celebrates another lost community, but this time right in his own backyard.’
    • ‘Everybody supports competition, but then says competition should not be allowed in their own backyard.’
    • ‘Nor do we need to be persuaded to make efforts to resist that happening in our own backyard.’
    • ‘Here again, the balance of forces is an order of magnitude more difficult to manage than in our 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet, he does not even know about spending mistakes in his 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.’
    • ‘In their own backyard they can see if their products and services will fly, without losing too much face.’
    • ‘If they cannot be open-minded and fair in their own backyard, they should be ignored in other areas as well.’

Pronunciation

backyard

/ˌbakˈyärd//ˌbækˈjɑrd/