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Definition yard

Etymology 1

From Middle English yerd, yard, ?erd, ?eard, from Old English ?eard (“yard, garden, fence, enclosure, enclosed place, court, residence, dwelling, home, region, land; hedge”), from Proto-Germanic *gardaz (“enclosure, yard”) (compare Dutch gaard, obsolete German Gart, Swedish and Norwegian Bokmål gård, Norwegian Nynorsk gard), from Proto-Indo-European *g?órd?os, from Proto-Indo-European *g?erd?- (“to enclose”) (Lithuanian gardas (“pen, enclosure”), Russian ?????? (górod, “town”), Albanian gardh (“fence”), Romanian gard, Avestan ???????‎ (g?r?dha, “dev's cave”), Sanskrit ??? (g?ha)), Medieval Latin gardinus, Medieval Latin jardinus.


yard (plural yards)

  1. A small, usually uncultivated area adjoining or (now especially) within the precincts of a house or other building.
  2. An enclosed area designated for a specific purpose, e.g. on farms, railways etc.
  3. A place where moose or deer herd together in winter for pasture, protection, etc.
  4. (Jamaican) One’s house or home.

yard (third-person singular simple present yards, present participle yarding, simple past and past participle yarded)

  1. (transitive) To confine to a yard.

Etymology 2

From Middle English ?erde, yerd, ?erd, from Old English ?ierd (“branch; rod, staff; measuring stick; yardland”), from Proto-Germanic *gazdij?, from *gazdaz. Cognate with Dutch gard (“twig”), German Gerte and probably related to Latin hasta (“spear”).


yard (plural yards)

  1. A unit of length equal to 3 feet in the US customary and British imperial systems of measurement, equal to precisely 0.9144 m since 1959 (US) or 1963 (UK).
  2. Units of similar composition or length in other systems.
  3. (nautical) Any spar carried aloft.
    1. (nautical) A long tapered timber hung on a mast to which is bent a sail, and may be further qualified as a square, lateen, or lug yard. The first is hung at right angles to the mast, the latter two hang obliquely.
  4. (obsolete) A branch, twig, or shoot.
  5. (obsolete) A staff, rod, or stick.
  6. (obsolete, medicine) A penis.
  7. (US, slang, uncommon) 100 dollars.
  8. (obsolete) The yardland, an obsolete English unit of land roughly understood as 30 acres.
  9. (obsolete) The rod, a surveying unit of (once) 15 or (now) 16½ feet.
  10. (obsolete) The rood, area bound by a square rod, ¼ acre.

Etymology 3

Clipping of milliard.


yard (plural yards)

  1. (finance) 10, A short scale billion; a long scale thousand millions or milliard.

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