curtilage

noun cur·ti·lage \ ˈkər-tə-lij \

Definition of curtilage

: a piece of ground (such as a yard or courtyard) within the fence surrounding a house

Origin and Etymology of curtilage

Middle English, from Anglo-French curtillage, from curtil garden, curtilage, from curt court


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curtilage

noun cur·ti·lage \ ˈkərt-ᵊl-ij \

legal Definition of curtilage

: the area surrounding and associated with a home
Note: The curtilage of a house is included in the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.

Origin and Etymology of curtilage

Anglo-French curtillage enclosed land belonging to a house, kitchen garden, from Old French cortillage kitchen garden, from cortil garden, ultimately from Latin cohort-, cohors farmyard


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