court·​yard | \ ˈkȯrt-ˌyärd How to pronounce courtyard (audio) \

Definition of courtyard

: a court or enclosure adjacent to a building (such as a house or palace)

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Synonyms for courtyard


close, court, enclosure (also inclosure), patio, quad, quadrangle, yard

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Examples of courtyard in a Sentence

The apartment overlooks a courtyard. a series of lunchtime concerts in the museum's open-air courtyard

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His first creation was the Phoenix Bird, a 5-foot-tall sculpture made from oak with feet forged from bronze that stands in the courtyard at Nepenthe and that locals have embraced as a symbol for the Big Sur community. Wallace Baine, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why did Old Hollywood celebs love Big Sur so much?," 31 May 2018 Back in the courtyard at noon, Michael Klarreich, a former teacher at the New York School of Performing Arts, was instructing people about the art of telling a joke. J. Harry Jones, Pomerado News, "From Flamenco to mollusks, library workshops had it all," 26 May 2018 The attorney said Ellison fired his weapon and struck Laines in the stomach as the two ran toward each other after having entered a courtyard at Glorieta Gardens Apartments — but from opposite directions. Charles Rabin And Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "Witness says man shot by cops was no threat. Reps say cop heard he was armed over radio | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 While the group was in high spirits, Guity-Beckels crossed and entered the courtyard then opened fire on the crowd without a specific target, the prosecutor said. Jerome Campbell,, "Dorchester man held without bail in double murder of Salem State student, father of three," 14 May 2018 After entering a courtyard, the young man turned toward the deputies and one of them fired about 10 shots. Nicole Santa Cruz,, "Family of 16-year-old fatally shot by L.A. County sheriff's deputies says in lawsuit that boy was unarmed," 2 May 2018 The Hotel Boutique and Spa La Casa Azul envelopes the senses from the moment guests enter its bucolic courtyard, which includes a small, enclosed plaza with a mosaicked fountain at its center. Elizabeth Zach,, "Cuernavaca: A side trip into opulence, only an hour away from Mexico's capital," 9 Apr. 2018 At the top of the great marble stair leading from the courtyard, the anteroom is a mirror image of his contemporary design for a reception room at the Chanel jewelry showroom in the Place Vendôme. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019 Today, the house is getting new roofs, and the centuries-old paving stones are being re-laid in the courtyard. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Experts restore what might be oldest house in Mexico," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of courtyard

1552, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of courtyard

: an open space that is surrounded completely or partly by a building or group of buildings


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