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

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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, "Police Need Warrants to Search Vehicles at Private Homes, High Court Rules," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of curtilage

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curtilage

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

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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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.

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