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The yard in front of the door of a house.


(Architecture) US and Canadian a yard in front of the front or back door of a house


(ˈdɔrˌyɑrd, ˈdoʊr-)

a yard near the front door of a house.
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Noun1.dooryard - a yard outside the front or rear door of a house
curtilage, grounds, yard - the enclosed land around a house or other building; "it was a small house with almost no yard"
References in classic literature ?
Had they been farsighted enough they might have seen, when the stage turned into the side dooryard of the old brick house, a calico yoke rising and falling tempestuously over the beating heart beneath, the red color coming and going in two pale cheeks, and a mist of tears swimming in two brilliant dark eyes.
There's the stage turnin' into the Sawyer girls' dooryard," said Mrs.
A rather fat soldier attempted to pilfer a horse from a dooryard.
They found a woman in the front dooryard moaning and groaning as if in great pain.
This open ground looked hardly larger than an ordinary dooryard, but was really several acres in extent.
The windows and dooryards was full; and every minute somebody would say, over a fence:
Caveat, the double-layer wire fence might not look very pretty, but then neither does a pile of raccoon-strewn trash all over your dooryard and walkway, or a pile of feathers where a bobcat got one of your ducks.
Common Blue Violet, Dooryard Violet; Shrubby old-field and woodlands; Infrequent; C = 1; BSUH 18661.
No one's talking about a whale here dead in the dooryard.
Jaquilyn Hill examined the significance of Walt Whitman's "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd'' and the appearance of flowers on the show.
On land, this species colonizes moisture-proximate voids in buildings or hollows the piths of dooryard trees where workers fill the voids with fecal nest material called "carton".
In "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," the famous elegy written to commemorate the death of Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman delegates the performance of what he calls "Death's outlet song" to his poetic alter ego, a nearby hermit thrush.