A yard is a grassy area just outside of a house or a building.


  • There’s a lot of clover in my yard.
  • Most houses in the United States have a front yard and a backyard.
  • The yard is a good place to grow vegetables.
  • Kids like to play in the yard.
  • Some people have only grass in their yard. (How boring!)
  • mowerYou use a lawnmower to cut the grass in your yard.
  • relaxAfterwards, you can relax.

A yard is also a unit of measurement. One yard is equal to three feet. It’s a little smaller than one meter.


  • Use a yardstick to measure things. A yardstick is 36 inches long, or you can say it’s three feet long.
  • There are 100 yards in a football field.
  • A person who is six feet tall is two yards high. (But don’t use yards when describing a person’s height. Use feet.)

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This page was first published on February 21, 2013. It was updated on January 27, 2017.