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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More from Mansion The grounds include an entertainment deck with an 85-foot infinity pool, a pool house and an outdoor dining area. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Hollywood Scion Asks $125 Million for L.A. Mansion," 18 Oct. 2018 Evening snack, continental breakfast, and indoor/outdoor sleeping area provided. $45 for FoZB passholders and Boise residents, $50 nonresidents. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018 The district court clarified what Georgia Gwinnett College refused to make clear: that its students have the right to speak in any outdoor area of campus. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Georgia college campus speech court ruling flawed, group says in appeal," 26 June 2018 Open seven days a week, there is room for up to 240 guests at a time indoors — including the loft and private party rooms — to go along with an additional 80 seats in the outdoor patio area. Brent Kennedy, The Aegis, "Mountain Branch Golf Club," 22 June 2018 The headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., has walking trails and outdoor seating areas for employees to get some fresh air. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple's Tim Cook Says Every Apple Park Employee Has a Standing Desk," 15 June 2018 Inside the complex, offerings will include a dining hall, bistro, cafe, indoor/outdoor activity areas, shops, postal services, salon/barber, library, fitness room, media room and a multipurpose room. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Union: Construction starts on 162-bed senior living community behind Kroger," 13 June 2018 Signage for the outdoor living area will be removed and replaced with directions to the pick-up area. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Brooklyn Walmart To Offer Online Grocery Shopping," 11 June 2018 Responsible for both Hive’s indoor and outdoor camera designs, Béhar isn’t new to the world of design — especially with contraptions like this. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Hive’s new Home View Outdoor security camera was designed by Yves Béhar," 29 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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to enclose within walls

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