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Definition of out-of-doors

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out of doors


Definition of out of doors (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for out-of-doors

Synonyms: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

nature, open, open air, outdoors, wild, wilderness

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Examples of out-of-doors in a Sentence

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Socializing involves far too much being out of doors and a terrible amount of clothing wearing. Laura Norkin, Glamour, "‘Päntsdrunk’ Is the Scandinavian Wellness Trend We Need Right Now," 29 May 2018 This marks the first time the rumored couple took their romance out of doors. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "After Teasing For Months, Hailey Baldwin & Shawn Mendes Confirm They Are A Couple," 8 May 2018 The Romantics probably had it right: Spending time out of doors can be an antidote to industrialization’s ill effects. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "Paperback Row," 30 Mar. 2018 Just be sure to plant them in a container that can easily be moved in and out of doors. Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, AL.com, "Too early for tomatoes? (Garden Talk)," 4 Apr. 2018 The over/under was developed purely for the enjoyment of the out of doors. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "2 shots at a time: In praise of the classic over/under Browning shotgun," 13 Dec. 2017 At first, these houses were empty too, but after a little while—maybe as more people returned from church—a few heads started poking out of doors. Molly Olmstead, Slate Magazine, "In Mobile, Going Door-to-Door Against Roy Moore," 11 Dec. 2017 Gregarious and energetic, Murray entered Yale College in fall 1858, and upon graduating immediately married Isadora Hull, who also loved the out of doors. Terence Young, Smithsonian, "The Minister Who Invented Camping in America," 17 Oct. 2017 What’s more remarkable, Renoir executed the large canvas en plein-air—out of doors. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party’ Review: Most Colorful Company," 10 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of out-of-doors

Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

1819, in the meaning defined above


1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of out-of-doors was in 1530

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out of doors


English Language Learners Definition of out of doors

: outside rather than inside a building


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Kids Definition of out-of-doors

: outdoors entry 2 She loves to paint the out-of-doors.

out of doors


Kids Definition of out of doors

: outdoors entry 1 He worked out of doors.

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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