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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"
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The windows and dooryards was full; and every minute somebody would say, over a fence:
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.
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.
A rather fat soldier attempted to pilfer a horse from a dooryard.
Liminal spaces and portals to nature: sea-shores, dooryards, gardens, forest paths, the frontier
Out of its little hill faithfully rise the potatoes' dark green leaves, out of its hill rises the yellow maize stalk, the lilacs bloom in the dooryards.
If he has not brought bodies and laid them in our dooryards and along the streets, he has done something very like it.
from Whitman's dooryards in April north to New York