noun, plural in form but singular in construction
\ ˌau̇t-ə(v)-ˈdȯrz How to pronounce out-of-doors (audio) \

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: 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 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, "How to keep your pets safe during Thunder Over Louisville 2021," 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, "Our Favorite Straw (and Bucket and Visor) Hats to Wear All Spring and Summer Long," 13 Apr. 2021 There is the time between early March and mid-April when the scents of moist earth begin and the change in the nature of the sunlight draws people out of doors. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "We all key in on signs that spring has arrived in Minnesota," 25 Mar. 2021 Many models burn liquid fuel, others burn gaseous fuel stored in canisters and some even burn wood—the most common fuel found in the out of doors. Outdoor Life Commerce Team, Outdoor Life, "Best Backpacking Stove: Camping Gear That Gets You Cooking Quickly," 9 Mar. 2021 In cities across the country, interracial crowds, united in masked joy, rushed out of doors as soon as the major networks finally called the presidential race for Joe Biden. Michael Kazin, The New Republic, "How the Democratic Party Can Create a Majoritarian Coalition," 11 Feb. 2021 Gatherings involving up to three households are only allowed out of doors anyway. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2021," 6 Feb. 2021 New Year’s Eve may involve a lot of going in and out of doors. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, "When it's time to countdown to 2021, count the pets out of the celebration," 22 Dec. 2020 Only 35% are prepared to travel on an airplane, while 76% were willing to meet with a friend out of doors. Zane Sparling, oregonlive, "New poll shows most Oregonians willing to take coronavirus vaccine," 18 Dec. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out-of-doors. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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