Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An area surrounded by or adjacent to farm buildings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The area around a farm, excluding the fields.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The yard or inclosure attached to a barn, or the space inclosed by the farm buildings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The yard or inclosure surrounded by or connected with the farm-buildings.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an area adjacent to farm buildings

Etymologies

farm + yard (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The chickens that I have known in farmyard Mexico, were hybrids from who knows what parentage.

    Horsing Around Down at the Carniceria

  • Our white frame house, with a storey and half-storey above the basement, stood at the east end of what I might call the farmyard, with the windmill close by the kitchen door.

    My Antonia

  • Our white frame house, with a story and half-story above the basement, stood at the east end of what I might call the farmyard, with the windmill close by the kitchen door.

    My Ántonia

  • The adept musical performer who reproduces the noises of a farmyard is the true parallel to the lesser Dutch artists; he deceives the ear far better than they deceive the eye.

    Albert Durer

  • The village consists of one street running parallel to the outer buildings of the farm, and the cottages are one-storied, each with rooms for four families -- two in front, looking on to the wall of the farmyard, which is the fashionable side, and two at the back, looking on to nothing more exhilarating than their own pigstyes.

    The Solitary Summer

  • Many a burgess supplemented the profits of a trade by tilling acres in the common fields and grazing cattle on the common pastures; pigs and poultry scavenged in the streets; the farmyard was a usual adjunct of the burgage tenement.

    Medieval Europe

  • These minutes in the farmyard were the pleasantest in Ellen's day.

    The Wide, Wide World

  • Beyond the farmyard was the farmhouse itself, -- a long, low, timbered building with a broad tiled roof supported by huge oaken rafters and crowned with many gables, -- a building proudly declaring itself as of the days of Elizabeth's yeomen, and bearing about it the honourable marks of age and long stress of weather.

    Innocent : her fancy and his fact

  • But of all the family one only remained in the duckyard, which may be called a farmyard, as the chickens were admitted, and the cock strutted about in a very hostile manner.

    Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

  • Local police chief Ove Osgjelten allowed a small group of reporters to enter the perimeter marked by police tape to view and photograph the farmyard from a short distance.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

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