court·​yard | \ˈkȯrt-ˌyärd \

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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The workshop is nearly hidden in an 18th-century building, down a labyrinthine lane and through an ancient inner courtyard. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Milan Ceramicist Brings Her Family’s Artisanal Aesthetic to Life at Home," 4 Oct. 2018 Holton’s apartment has a view of an interior courtyard, not of the street that was filled with firetrucks. Michael Brice-saddler, The Seattle Times, "Elderly man rescued after spending five days trapped in fire-damaged senior complex," 24 Sep. 2018 The master suite is at the end of a hallway and is separated from the rest of the public spaces by an open-air courtyard. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern home revolves around massive sculptural staircase," 5 Sep. 2018 That same year, on a far smaller financial scale, a quarrel erupted in Beverly Hills, Calif., over an elementary school courtyard that was named after a local real estate agent who had donated tens of thousands of dollars. Kate Kelly, New York Times, "A Public Outcry Against a Wall Street Titan’s Name on a High School," 13 Apr. 2018 Even the interiors are in service of the courtyard, with large windows and concrete floors that lead into the exterior spaces. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Traditional courtyard house gets a modern update," 5 July 2018 The remaining renovations to the lobby, restaurant, bar and courtyard area are expected to be completed by the end of summer. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Conversion of Waukesha's former Country Springs Hotel to Ingleside Hotel mostly done," 18 June 2018 Bill did most of the landscape design and work, including the line of trees along the northern edge of the courtyard. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This idyllic English garden is hiding in plain sight in Old Louisville," 7 June 2018 The building will include a small courtyard garden facing Central Avenue. Karen Berkowitz,, "Demolition of the iconic Highland Park Theater to begin next week," 5 June 2018

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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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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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