Backyard vs Garden - What's the difference?

backyard | garden |

As nouns the difference between backyard and garden

is that backyard is a yard to the rear of a house or similar residence while garden is an outdoor area containing one or more types of plants, usually plants grown for food or ornamental purposes.

As a verb garden is

to grow plants in a garden; to create or maintain a garden.

As an adjective garden is

common, ordinary, domesticated.



Alternative forms

* back-yard, back yard


(en noun)
  • A yard to the rear of a house or similar residence.
  • (colloquial) A person's neighborhood, or an area nearby to a person's usual residence or place of work and where the person is likely to go.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2005
  • , author=Christopher Kennedy Lawford , title=Symptoms of withdrawal: a memoir of snapshots and redemption , page=18 citation , isbn=0060732482, 9780060732486 , passage=The entire beach was my backyard , from the Hiltons' house in the south all the way to Steele Hunter's house in the north.}}
  • (colloquial) An area nearby to a country or other jurisidiction's legal boundaries, particularly an area in which the country feels it has an interest.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1942
  • , year_published= , author=Wilfrid Hardy Callcott , title=The Caribbean policy of the United States, 1890-1920 , page=343 citation , passage=However, the region was in the United States backyard and Britain should look passively on with acquiescence in whatever policy the United States saw fit to pursue about Mexico.}}

    Usage notes

    Note that backyard'' is usually written as a single word, while ''front yard is always written as two words.

    Derived terms

    * backyard cricket * not in my backyard (NIMBY)



    (wikipedia garden)


    (en noun)
  • An outdoor area containing one or more types of plants, usually plants grown for food or ornamental purposes.
  • :
  • #(lb) Such an ornamental place to which the public have access.
  • #:
  • #(lb) Taking place in, or used in, such a garden.
  • #:
  • #*
  • #*:The garden parties of pre-1914 were something to be remembered. Everyone was dressed up to the nines, high-heeled shoes, muslin frocks with blue sashes, large leghorn hats with drooping roses. There were lovely iceswith every kind of cream cake, of sandwich, of éclair, and peaches, muscat grapes, and nectarines.
  • The at the front or back of a house.
  • :
  • (lb) A cluster, a bunch.
  • (lb) Pubic hair or the genitalia it masks.
  • *1995 , Lee Tyler, Biblical Sexual Morality and What About Pornography? viewed at on 9 May 2006
  • *:Blow on my garden' [speaking of her genitalia], so the spices of it may flow out. Let my Beloved come into His '''garden [her pubic area] and eat His pleasant fruits. ''(A commentary on Song of Solomon 4:16, which was written in Hebrew c950 BC; book footnotes shown here bracketed within the text; many scholars disagree with the Biblical interpretation, which is included as evidence of usage in 1995 rather than intended meaning in 950 BC.)
  • *c2004 , Hair Care Down There, Inc, The History of Hair Removal viewed at on 9 May 2006 -
  • *:Primping and pruning the secret garden might seem like a totally 21st century concept, but the fact is women have gotten into below-the-belt grooming since before the Bronze Age.
  • *2006 , Guest on Female First Forum at posting on Fashionable to shave the pubic area?? viewed on 9 May 2006
  • A woman's [unshaven] dark pubic triangle, glistening with pussy nectar and promising access to a hidden garden of delights.


    * (decorative place outside) * (gardens with public access) park, public gardens * (grounds at the front or back of a house) yard (US) * (the pubic hair) See pubic hair

    Derived terms

    * back garden * castle garden * flower garden * front garden * gardening * (w) * garden path * garden-variety * herb garden * market garden * public gardens * rose garden * vegetable garden * zoological garden, zoological gardens * xerogarden


    (en verb)
  • (intransitive, chiefly, North America) to grow plants in a garden; to create or maintain a garden.
  • I love to garden — this year I'm going to plant some daffodils.
  • (cricket) of a batsman, to inspect and tap the pitch lightly with the bat so as to smooth out small rough patches and irregularities.
  • Synonyms

    * (in cricket) farm

    Derived terms

    * gardener * gardening


  • Common, ordinary, domesticated.