court·​yard ˈkȯrt-ˌyärd How to pronounce courtyard (audio)
: a court or enclosure adjacent to a building (such as a house or palace)

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 Inside, we were greeted by a reconstructed 2,700-year-old courtyard of Khorsabad, a palace of King Sargon II, leader of the Assyrian empire. Catherine Porter Dmitry Kostyukov, New York Times, 16 May 2024 Diners and drinkers sat at tables under the stars, and music was everywhere: bands at the cafés played American blues, a DJ spun techno in the city park, and, at the end of our street, a Latin American students’ association held a dance in a middle-school courtyard. Julie Orringer, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for courtyard 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'courtyard.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of courtyard was in 1552

Dictionary Entries Near courtyard

Cite this Entry

“Courtyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


court·​yard -ˌyärd How to pronounce courtyard (audio)
: a court or enclosure next to a building

More from Merriam-Webster on courtyard

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!