noun cor·ti·le \kȯrˈtēˌlā\

Definition of cortile



  1. :  an open courtyard enclosed by the walls of a building or buildings (as a cloister garth)

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Origin and Etymology of cortile

Italian, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin cohortile, from Latin cohort-, cohors enclosure, court — more at court

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