Definitions for YARDyɑrd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a unit of linear measure in English-speaking countries, equal to 3 feet or 36 inches (0.9144 meter). a cubic yard:

    a yard of topsoil.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  2. a long spar, supported more or less at its center, to which the head of a square sail, lateen sail, or lugsail is bent.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  3. Informal. a large quantity or extent.

    Category: Informal

  4. Slang. one hundred or, usu., one thousand dollars.

    Category: Status (usage)

Idioms for yard:

  1. the whole nine yards, Informal. in every respect; without limits.

    Category: Idiom, Common Vocabulary

Origin of yard:

bef. 900; OE gerd orig., staff, c. OS gerdia switch, OHG gart(e)a rod; akin to gad2


  1. the ground that immediately adjoins or surrounds a house, public building, etc.

  2. a courtyard.

  3. an outdoor enclosure for exercise, as by students or inmates.

  4. an outdoor space surrounded by a group of buildings, as on a college campus.

  5. an enclosure for livestock.

  6. an enclosure within which any work or business is carried on (often used in combination):

    a lumberyard.

  7. an outside area used for storage, assembly, etc.

  8. a system of parallel tracks, crossovers, switches, etc., where rail cars are made up into trains and where rolling stock is kept when not in use or when awaiting repairs.

    Category: Railroads

  9. the winter pasture or browsing ground of moose and deer.

    Category: Zoology

  10. (v.t.)to put into, enclose, or store in a yard.

Origin of yard:

bef. 900; ME yerd, OE geard enclosure, c. OS gard, OHG gart, ON garthr, Go gards; akin to L hortus garden, OIr gort sowed field; cf. garden

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yard, pace(noun)

    a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride

  2. yard, grounds, curtilage(noun)

    the enclosed land around a house or other building

    "it was a small house with almost no yard"

  3. yard(noun)

    a tract of land enclosed for particular activities (sometimes paved and usually associated with buildings)

    "they opened a repair yard on the edge of town"

  4. thousand, one thousand, 1000, M, K, chiliad, G, grand, thou, yard(noun)

    the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100

  5. cubic yard, yard(noun)

    a unit of volume (as for sand or gravel)

  6. yard(noun)

    a tract of land where logs are accumulated

  7. yard, railway yard, railyard(noun)

    an area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines

  8. yard(noun)

    a long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen

  9. yard(noun)

    an enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. yard(noun)ɑrd

    a grassy area outside a house

    We had a barbecue in the yard.

  2. yardɑrd

    a unit of measurement equal to 3 feet or 91cm

    a car about a hundred yards away

  3. yardɑrd

    an area outside a building for outdoor activities

    a school yard

  4. yardɑrd

    a small enclosed paved area at the back of a house

    ***a rubbish bin in the yard


  1. Yard(ProperNoun)


  2. Yard(ProperNoun)


  3. Origin: gerd, from West . Cognate with Dutch gard, German Gerte.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yard(verb)

    a rod; a stick; a staff

  2. Yard(verb)

    a branch; a twig

  3. Yard(verb)

    a long piece of timber, as a rafter, etc

  4. Yard(verb)

    a measure of length, equaling three feet, or thirty-six inches, being the standard of English and American measure

  5. Yard(verb)

    the penis

  6. Yard(verb)

    a long piece of timber, nearly cylindrical, tapering toward the ends, and designed to support and extend a square sail. A yard is usually hung by the center to the mast. See Illust. of Ship

  7. Yard(noun)

    an inclosure; usually, a small inclosed place in front of, or around, a house or barn; as, a courtyard; a cowyard; a barnyard

  8. Yard(noun)

    an inclosure within which any work or business is carried on; as, a dockyard; a shipyard

  9. Yard(verb)

    to confine (cattle) to the yard; to shut up, or keep, in a yard; as, to yard cows


  1. Yard

    A yard is a unit of length in several different systems including United States customary units, Imperial units and the former English units. It is equal to 3 feet or 36 inches. Under an agreement in 1959 between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, the yard was legally defined to be exactly 0.9144 metres. Prior to that date, the legal definition of the yard when expressed in terms of metric units varied slightly from country to country.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'YARD' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3216

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'YARD' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2093

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'YARD' in Nouns Frequency: #675

Anagrams of YARD

  1. adry

  2. dray

Translations for YARD

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an area of (enclosed) ground beside a building

Leave your bicycle in the yard; a school-yard; a courtyard.

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