WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
yard
The noun yard has two main meanings.
measurement
A yard is a unit of length in the imperial system of measurement. It is equal to thirty-six inches, or approximately 91.4 centimetres.
Jack was standing about ten yards away.
In Britain it is becoming more common to give measurements in metres, rather than yards.
Measurements
area around a house
In both British and American English, a yard is an area of ground attached to a house. In British English, it is a small area behind a house, with a hard surface and usually a wall round it. In American English, it is an area on any side of a house, usually with grass growing on it. In British English, a fairly large area like this is called a garden or back garden.
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