1 of 2


plural in form but singular in construction

out of doors

2 of 2


Examples of out-of-doors in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
As for the community gardens, Schroeder said the temporary, current spot was selected as quick fix to get people out of doors during the pandemic. cleveland, 13 Jan. 2023 Planning for the future, for venues that present out of doors, now invariably means thinking about climate change. Michael Paulson, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1819, in the meaning defined above


1530, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near out-of-doors

out of doors


out of earshot

Cite this Entry

“Out-of-doors.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out-of-doors. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun

out of doors

2 of 2 adverb
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