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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For its Carlsbad installation, the Earth Harp’s strings will be stretched from the top of the two-story Museum of Making Music to the courtyard below. Pam Kragen,, "Huge harp highlights free music day in Carlsbad," 20 June 2018 There’s also a detached studio with a mezzanine bedroom and bathroom across a small brick courtyard. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Glorious church conversion lists for $2.6M in Melbourne," 24 May 2018 For breakfast, head to the largest cafe, at the bakery and roastery on Magasinsgatan (not to be confused with the Vallgatan cafe, right across the courtyard). Ingrid K. Williams, New York Times, "36 Hours in Gothenburg, Sweden," 10 May 2018 Plans are to walk out of the north Fort Worth school at 10 a.m. to the school's courtyard. Diane Smith, star-telegram, "North Texas students will walk out to protest gun violence — before it's too late | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 Apr. 2018 The archaeologists also found a three-feet-thick outer wall leading to a front courtyard, which is surrounded on both sides by entrances to other chambers. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Greco-Roman Temple Unearthed in Egypt," 5 Apr. 2018 The long-time community staple at 19 S. Prospect Ave. has added an annex across the courtyard at 15 1/2 S. Prospect Ave., where clearance and overstock merchandise will be sold year-round, according to owner Holly Stricker. Jennifer Johnson,, "Hill's Hallmark store opens clearance annex in Park Ridge," 23 Mar. 2018 Keshaun and his family were stranded by floodwaters in their apartment, about 50 yards away and across the courtyard. Nick Powell, San Antonio Express-News, "Quiet teen who rescued 17 in Harvey flooding wins national Citizen Hero award," 18 Mar. 2018 When the leaders strolled out of the NATO building in Brussels for the traditional group photo in the courtyard, Trump lingered behind and mostly spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. Jonathan Lemire,, "No shove, but Trump body language speaks to frosty relations," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of courtyard

1552, in the meaning defined above

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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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