a garden belonging to a barn
- a yard adjoining a barn
- a yard owned by a barn.
1510s, from barn + yard (n.1). Figurative of coarse or uncivilized behavior from 1920.
The land that's connected to the barn; might be fenced in to enclose animals.
(n.) A yard belonging to a barn.
When Miss Sullivan went out in the barnyard and picked up a little chicken and talked to Helen about it, she was giving a kind of instruction impossible inside four walls, and impossible with more than one pupil at a time.