out·​door | \ ˈau̇t-ˌdȯr, ˈau̇t-ˈdȯr\
variants: or less commonly outdoors \ ˈau̇t-​ˌdȯrz , ˈau̇t-​ˈdȯrz \

Definition of outdoor

1 : of or relating to the outdoors
2a : performed outdoors outdoor sports
b : outdoorsy an outdoor couple
3 : not enclosed : having no roof an outdoor restaurant

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Synonyms & Antonyms for outdoor


alfresco, open-air, out-of-door (or out-of-doors), outdoorsy



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Examples of outdoor in a Sentence

an outdoor picnic is always at the mercy of the weather, of course

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Crisp, poreless skin, cold-flushed cheeks and a pink-stained mouth made the case for an active outdoor adventure—and a look heightened, perhaps, by the lip-and-cheek tint tucked safely into a coat pocket. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Margot Robbie Reveals the Answer to Perfect Winter Skin on Instagram," 4 Jan. 2019 In addition to sipping wine in historic buildings, RH designed an outdoor pavilion complete with manicured landscaping and draped pergolas to host tastings of rare and limited wines. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Restoration Hardware's New California Compound Is A Wine Lover's Dream," 2 Jan. 2019 In addition, the NHL will bring an outdoor game to the Air Force Academy on Feb. 15, 2020, as part of the Stadium Series. Pat Graham, The Seattle Times, "Call it a comeback: No lead safe as late rallies on the rise," 2 Jan. 2019 Before the Steelers won Super Bowl XIII in Miami, his foursome played at the Holy of Holies: the outdoor courts at Flamingo Park in South Beach. Lou Weiss, WSJ, "My Father’s Big, Beautiful Wall," 2 Jan. 2019 Last year, the CEOs of more than 350 outdoor businesses signed a joint letter urging US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to protect national monuments and public lands. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Companies used to stay quiet about politics. In 2018, social causes became integral to their branding.," 17 Dec. 2018 The Robson Square Ice Rink and Plaza is home to the real outdoor rink, a Hallmark spokesperson confirms. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'A Gingerbread Romance' Was Filmed in the Most Romantic City," 16 Dec. 2018 Native Womens Wilderness is an organization whose mission is to inspire and raise the voices of Native Women in the outdoor realm and encourage a healthy lifestyle grounded in the wilderness. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "10 Native Activism Organizations to Show Your Support This Thanksgiving," 22 Nov. 2018 Recode previously reported that Amazon has also held talks with a top Los Angeles real estate developer about opening an Amazon Go store at the city’s outdoor shopping complex, The Grove. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "New York City’s first Amazon Go cashierless store will open near the World Trade Center," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of outdoor

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for outdoor

out (of) door, out (of) doors

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The first known use of outdoor was in 1748

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English Language Learners Definition of outdoor

: done, used, or located outside a building


out·​door | \ ˈau̇t-ˌdȯr \

Kids Definition of outdoor

1 : used, being, or done outside an outdoor table outdoor sports
2 : preferring to spend time in the open air an outdoor person

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