from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A yard or inclosure for poultry, including usually the buildings and appliances commonly connected with such a yard.


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  • They had their little round of occupations, charities, and pleasures; Rachel had her poultry-yard and conservatory, and Joshua his garden.


  • Rachel carried me first to her own favourite resort, a poultry-yard, stocked with a variety of domestic fowls, of the more rare as well as the most ordinary kinds, furnished with every accommodation which may suit their various habits.


  • It is clear that this merchant never superintended even a poultry-yard.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • When he ceased to contemplate himself in this way, he looked towards the nearest mirror to see if his hair still kept in curl; then, sticking a finger in his waistcoat pocket, he looked about him at the women with happy eyes, flinging his head back in three-quarters profile with all the airs of a king of the poultry-yard, airs which were prodigiously admired by the aristocratic circle of which he was the beau.

    Two Poets

  • Going down to my poultry-yard, just now, I heard my brother and sister and that Solmes laughing and triumphing together.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I courtesied without return; and proceeded, turning to my poultry-yard.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • And I assured her, that, take what time they pleased, I would not go in to disturb them, but would be either in or near the garden, in this summer-house, or in the cedar one, or about my poultry-yard, or near the great cascade, till I was ordered to return to my prison.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • My aunt Hervey, who is a very early riser, was walking in the garden (Betty attending her, as I saw from my window this morning) when I arose: for after such a train of fatigue and restless nights, I had unhappily overslept myself: so all I durst venture upon, was, to step down to my poultry-yard, and deposit mine of yesterday, and last night.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I am in my contrivances and pretences to blind my gaoleress, and to take off the jealousy of her principals on my going down so often into the garden and poultry-yard.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • As I passed the poultry-yard, I heard the first morning cackling of the geese (no birds wake earlier than they do); along the roof at the end of each beam sat a rook, and they were all busily and silently pluming themselves, standing out in sharp outline against the milky sky.

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