: a piece of ground (such as a yard or courtyard) within the fence surrounding a house
Examples of curtilage in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebIn legal parlance, curtilage refers to land attached to a house, like a yard or garden.
Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 2 Dec. 2019 The Supreme Court long has recognized that privacy interests are heightened within the home, with precedents that limit police intrusions not only into structures but also the immediately surrounding property, known as the curtilage.
Jess Bravin, WSJ, 29 May 2018
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