Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR YARD

Just then Ben Haley, looking from the window, saw some chickens in the yard.

But when K., growing uneasy, came out into the yard, the engine had started at last.

Seeing the crowd, Wilson drove directly to the yard and parked his machine.

And if I had seen a sheet flying around the yard I would have picked it up.

But I has not a man in the yard as can ride since Will died.

I did not know you had been in a yard before—says you were the pet at Elmore's in London.

He swung himself on—near—near—nearer—a yard from the parapet.

His crops were taken from his field, and his cattle from his yard.

We do here in Albany; rather, I'm going to have one in my yard.

Four horses, that had been only fourteen miles, had just re-entered the yard.

WORD ORIGIN

"ground around a house," Old English geard "enclosure, garden, court, house, yard," from Proto-Germanic *garda (cf. Old Norse garðr "enclosure, garden, yard;" Old Frisian garda, Dutch gaard, Old High German garto, German Garten "garden;" Gothic gards "house," garda "stall"), from PIE *gharto-, from root *gher- "to grasp, enclose" (cf. Old English gyrdan "to gird," Sanskrit ghra- "house," Albanian garth "hedge," Latin hortus "garden," Phrygian -gordum "town," Greek khortos "pasture," Old Irish gort "field," Breton garz "enclosure, garden," and second element in Latin cohors "enclosure, yard, company of soldiers, multitude").

Lithuanian gardas "pen, enclosure," Old Church Slavonic gradu "town, city," and Russian gorod, -grad "town, city" belong to this group, but linguists dispute whether they are independent developments or borrowings from Germanic. Yard sale is attested by 1976. Middle English yerd "yard-land" (mid-15c.) was a measure of about 30 acres.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.