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yard, noun

Origin:
EnglishShow more Special sense of general English.
Note:
Perhaps related to Jamaican English: ‘the Government yard’ in Trenchtown, a poor part of Kingston, Jamaica, is a collection of government-owned buildings within a walled area, with small flats rented out as accommodation.
A plot of land, or the grounds or courtyard of a building, accommodating a number of small, usually insubstantial rooms which are rented out as living space. Also attributive.
1915 Transvaal Leader in D.B. Coplan, Urbanization of African Performing Arts. (1980) 137There are yards..from which lead a labyrinth of passages, the haunt of the criminal, the passless native, the loafer.
1992 D. Nina in Focus on Afr. Apr.June 32Mama Irene’s grandchildren..like to play with matches — threatening the security of the yard.
A plot of land, or the grounds or courtyard of a building, accommodating a number of small, usually insubstantial rooms which are rented out as living space. Also attributive.

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