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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.
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.