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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Examples of courtyard in a Sentence

The apartment overlooks a courtyard. a series of lunchtime concerts in the museum's open-air courtyard
Recent Examples on the Web Of those unsheltered, 566 stayed in Haven for Hope’s courtyard, an outdoor sleeping facility. Liz Hardaway,, "‘This is their life’ — COVID puts a kink in annual count of San Antonio’s homeless," 26 Jan. 2021 Cut basalt pavers line the courtyard, walkways and pool, which is set on the axis of the summer solstice so the sun sets directly in the center of the water on that day. Lauren Jones, House Beautiful, "This Seaside, Hawaiian Retreat by Walker Warner and Nicole Hollis Is Set Up Like a Small Village," 21 Jan. 2021 In between meetings, guests can enjoy workouts on Peloton bikes in the hotel’s fitness center, which overlooks the courtyard, or lounge beside the pool. New York Times, "The Hotels Reimagining Their Rooms as Stylish Work Spaces," 23 Dec. 2020 The 20-acre property includes an open courtyard, cloisters, lush gardens, and an Episcopal church and museum. Deborah Ramirez,, "Flutist Nestor Torres to perform at Ancient Spanish Monastery," 10 Dec. 2020 In addition to the four-bedroom, five-bathroom home, there’s a courtyard with a bar and a detached spa with a sauna and Japanese soaking tub. Mary Swanson of Compass held the listing. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Doc Rivers makes a big pass in Malibu," 5 Dec. 2020 Another distinctive feature is the open courtyard located at the back of the shophouse, traditionally used as a kitchen or the restroom. Faris Mokhtar,, "Savvy Investors Snap Up Centuries-Old Singapore Shophouses," 17 Nov. 2020 Guests then moved back into the open-air courtyard, which had been transformed for the reception. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Maui Wedding Was All About Fashion, Family—and Engagement Photo Shoots in Two Countries," 12 Nov. 2020 Even in a virtual exploration, I was stunned by its open-air courtyard flanked by gold figures. Los Angeles Times, "You can explore faraway museums from your sofa. Here’s how to get started," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of courtyard

1552, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of courtyard was in 1552

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18 Feb 2021

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“Courtyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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