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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.
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.
The windows and dooryards was full; and every minute somebody would say, over a fence:
Households also maintain dooryard gardens that include a wide variety of fruit trees, vegetables, and medicinal plants.
Paul Zweig's Walt Whitman: The Making of the Poet (1983) terminates with Whitman's Lincoln elegy "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," never attempting anything like an account of the final 25 years of the poet's Whitman's life.
In "Culture and Anarchy" (1978), Rich situates her wide survey of nineteenth-century women's creation and rebellion in the mirror of the "Daylilies" that run wild, "escaped the botanists call it / from dooryard to meadow to roadside.
Whether at a winter feeder in January, with their dawn chorus in May, or in a dooryard nest box in June, birds bring a lot of joy to our lives.
In his depiction of the Boston Common and the Shaw Memorial, Lowell evokes and transforms the conventions of the elegy, which often draw on pastoral conceits, as in Walt Whitman's famous lament for Abraham Lincoln, "When Lilacs Last in Dooryard Bloom'd.