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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The nearly three-quarter-acre lot contains a swimming pool and spa, two courtyards, ponds and waterfall features. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Encino home was once a roost for ‘Partridge Family’ star Shirley Jones," 19 June 2019 She and Liliana began pasta-making classes in the idyllic courtyard, teaching how to create the local favorite, pici, by hand. Glenn Rifkin,, "How Italy’s agriturismo movement gave rise to The Isabella Experience," 18 June 2019 Armani basked in applause in the center of the courtyard, as the models lined up behind him. Washington Post, "Fendi, Armani close Milan Fashion Week in fresh venues," 17 June 2019 Long-Term Care Investments is planning to build five small houses with 12 beds each, a community center and a courtyard, a proposal that meets new state guidelines that call for smaller buildings rather than one, large building. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Planned Merrillville nursing facility wins town approval," 13 June 2019 Near the edge of the courtyard, a crowd buzzed in the shade of a small pavilion where the tally table was set up. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 There will be a beer and brats courtyard, dancing with music by the Bill Magee Blues Band and a silent auction. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Encinitas Senior of the Year selected," 10 June 2019 There were also supposed to be deputies patrolling a rooftop that overlooks the courtyard, but the suit says there were none. Gwendolyn Wu,, "Ex-inmate alleges gang beatings, sheriff neglect at Contra Costa jail," 10 June 2019 After advancing into the magnificent courtyard, viewers ascended a spiraling staircase illuminated by Marcel Wander’s Venezia lanterns. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "The Most Mesmerizing Design Moments of Salone del Mobile," 18 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


court·​yard | \ ˈkȯrt-ˌyärd How to pronounce courtyard (audio) \

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to take the place or position of

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