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 The last Mass held on Monday took place in the outdoor courtyard because Monday’s quake made people nervous to be inside. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "‘Scarier’ Than Hurricane Maria: A Deadly Earthquake Terrifies Puerto Rico," 7 Jan. 2020 The campus has a fitness center, an employee dining area, a lounge and an outdoor courtyard. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Plano business campus sells to Dallas developer," 2 Jan. 2020 Adams said the 98,000-square-foot project will preserve the historic school, while adding an outdoor courtyard., "Boston city officials Wednesday designated a developer to turn a former Hyde Park middle school into the first LGBTQ-friendly senior housing complex in New England.," 14 Nov. 2019 Seating capacity: 60 Minimum space fee: Free for nonprofits, varies seasonally Minimum food and beverage cost: Varies seasonally, based on the use of outdoor courtyardROYAL FOUNDRY CRAFT SPIRITS Address: 241 Fremont Ave. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Restaurant party spaces for that coming holiday soiree and beyond," 14 Nov. 2019 Cylindrical pillars will blow cool air in an open courtyard featuring water fountains and a sun-blocking canopy can be closed on windy days. Steven Mufson, The Denver Post, "Facing unbearable heat, Qatar has begun to air condition the outdoors," 20 Oct. 2019 The two-story opens up to an outdoor courtyard with a swimming pool and a guest house/casita. Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property Newsletter: No time like the present for luxury real estate deals," 12 Oct. 2019 The men on my tier were only allowed out of their cells for one hour a day, and just three hours a week in an outdoor courtyard. NBC News, "Lester Holt: What I learned from spending two nights in a maximum-security prison," 6 Sep. 2019 Built in 2001, the Remington offers such resident amenities as a saltwater pool, a spa, a game room, an outdoor courtyard, wine lockers and valet parking. Jack Flemming,, "Westwood penthouse fetches a 2019-high $13.335 million," 17 June 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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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Courtyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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