noun, plural in form but singular in construction
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Definition of out-of-doors

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out of doors


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Synonyms for out-of-doors

Synonyms: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

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Examples of out-of-doors in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Reality sometimes intruded, even here, out of the city, out of doors. New York Times, 27 July 2022 There’s an intensity that can’t be replicated out of doors. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 27 Jan. 2022 Portland area residents looking to ring in 2022 out of doors should make the most of New Year’s Day — because after Saturday, anyone going outside will spend most of their time getting wet, weather experts predict. oregonlive, 31 Dec. 2021 Really simply, the concept was to pay homage to the strain in American literature of literate writing about the out of doors—from John Fenimore Cooper through Mark Twain through Hemingway and Faulkner. Elizabeth Hightower Allen, Outside Online, 28 Dec. 2021 The ever, after all, took place out of doors and layers were encouraged. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 6 Nov. 2021 Unlike other parts of Arizona, Prescott offers mild weather and the opportunity to be out of doors all year. Kathleen Peddicord, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Your pets may be frightened by fireworks and bolt out of doors or yards, according to the Kentucky Humane Society. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, 14 Apr. 2021 Vibrant handbags and strappy sandals can help bring our looks from cold to warm-weather-appropriate, but the most festive accessory of them all is the hat—an item worn mainly when out of doors and, most of the time, when the sun is shining bright. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 13 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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“Out-of-doors.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out-of-doors. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of out-of-doors

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

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Kids Definition of out of doors

: outdoors entry 1 He worked out of doors.


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