Presumably from the same origin as yard, from Old English ġerd (“branch, twig, stick”) or gierd, cognate with Middle Low German gêrde and Middle High German gęrte from Old High German gartia, from Proto-Germanic *gazdjō, derived from Proto-Indo-European *gʰasdʰeh₂. May be related to English and Scots yerk (“to whip, beat, strike, especially with a stick”).
- A fenced piece of land; a yard:
- The property of a manor or other large rural dwelling.
- A churchyard; a piece of land around a church.
- A paddock; a field that has been fenced in.
- A plot of land; a piece of property, especially agricultural.
- A garden; a plot of horticultural land.
- “yē̆rd (n.(1))” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-07-26.
- Alternative form of