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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In March 2017, Khalid Masood plowed a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing four people, then fatally stabbed a police officer before being shot dead in a courtyard outside Parliament. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "UK police treat Parliament crash as terrorism, seek motive," 14 Aug. 2018 Masood abandoned his car then stabbed and killed a police officer before being shot in a courtyard outside Parliament. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "London car ramming treated as terror incident, police say; suspect in custody," 14 Aug. 2018 Free to see the memorial in the courtyard outside the museum. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Memorial Day weekend 2018 events in Phoenix, around Arizona," 15 May 2018 The night before, the teachers, who are among the lowest paid in the country, held a candlelight vigil in a courtyard outside the original neoclassical Capitol building. CBS News, ""We will return to our schools": Arizona teachers announce end to walkout," 3 May 2018 Nirenberg said in the concrete courtyard outside the school building. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Nirenberg knew immediately that he’d eventually marry Erika Prosper," 17 Mar. 2018 After a bit the 40 or so journalists get summoned to a bleak courtyard outside the building, and are instructed to wait there. Anchorage Daily News, "Looking for Trump in all the wrong places," 12 Feb. 2018 When Sam emerged from his heartbreaking conversation with Daenerys, Bran was there, waiting for him in the courtyard. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bran Stark Was So Creepy in the Game of Thrones Premiere and Now He's a Meme," 15 Apr. 2019 In the courtyard, Bikoff has mounted an installation filled with palm trees, glowing neon stage displays, and unique customizations of archival Versace Home classics, specially upholstered in metallic tones and shocking hues. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "The New Versace Home Collection Is the Fantasy of Our Candy-Colored, Neon-Tinged Dreams," 9 Apr. 2019

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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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