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 Outside of the home, 40 Mercer offers a full suite of amenities, including a swimming pool, fitness center, spa, terrace, courtyard and an underground parking garage. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 15 June 2022 There, ambulances jam a small courtyard of the military hospital and the emergency room is almost always full. New York Times, 18 May 2022 Visitors enter through the atrium, a courtyard and reception area featuring a fresco of Narcissus, the young man who fell in love with his own reflection, and a statue of Priapus. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Apr. 2022 While the heated pool, full-service bar and restaurant, and romantic courtyard are all incredible draws, what separates Short Stories from other hotels in the city is its focus on personalized hospitality. Vanessa Wilkins, Travel + Leisure, 22 Apr. 2022 Two entrances now lead to a stunning new centerpiece — a digital ceiling that glows over the famous courtyard. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Mar. 2022 Heavy on charm, the property opens with a private courtyard and white stucco exterior strewn with ivy. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 Several guestrooms have windows that look down over the main courtyard and into the Living Room for those who like to keep an eye on the action. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 This month, steel beams were being put up as part of the on-site expansion plan that will give the winery an additional outside courtyard and two more buildings. Marc Bona, cleveland, 20 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of courtyard

1552, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2022

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“Courtyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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