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 Saad Alami As a few faint rain drops began to fall in the courtyard of Riad Mena, a seven-room guesthouse in the Marrakesh medina, the hotelier Philomena Schurer Merckoll looked skyward, assessing the likelihood of a downpour. Paula Hardy, New York Times, "A Vibrant Celebration of Moroccan Design," 8 May 2020 Late on Monday night, angry crowds stormed into the courtyards of Mashhad's Imam Reza shrine and Qom's Fatima Masumeh shrine. NBC News, "Hard-line Shiites storm Iran shrines closed over coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 The sounds of shelling rise above the din in the courtyard of the Future Generations orphanage in Idlib city, where workers try to distract children who have lost parents with songs and games. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, "Inside embattled Idlib province: A Syrian offensive wreaks terror on children," 26 Feb. 2020 The remains were found in the courtyard of the school. Jamie Landers, azcentral, "Javelina found stoned to death in Tucson; reward of up to $1,500 offered," 19 Feb. 2020 In the courtyard of the 18th-century Palais Rohan, now a municipal museum, a life-size wooden crèche (nativity scene) has been installed, complete with real bleating sheep. The Economist, "France’s complicated relationship with Christmas," 18 Dec. 2019 French President Emmanuel Macron presided over the military ceremony near the site of Napoleon’s tomb in the courtyard of Les Invalides. Sam Petrequin And Claire Parker Sep. 30,, "World leaders honor late French leader at state burial," 30 Sep. 2019 His campaign had gathered dozens of mostly black inmates for a photo op in the courtyard of the Stone Mountain Correctional Institution, which was built at the base of the massive Confederate bas-relief carved into the side of the mountain. Marie Gottschalk, The New Republic, "The Democrats’ Shameful Legacy on Crime," 11 Sep. 2019 At about 7 pm on Wednesday (Aug. 14), singer Jimetta Rose stood alongside Broad Museum associate curator Sarah Loyer in the courtyard of neighboring restaurant Otium and told Billboard what she’d be doing that night on stage. Brad Wete, Billboard, "Jimetta Rose and More Bring Soul to The Broad Museum's Black Fire Sessions Finale," 24 Aug. 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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26 May 2020

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“Courtyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 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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