out·​door | \ ˈau̇t-ˌdȯr How to pronounce outdoor (audio) , ˈau̇t-ˈdȯr \
variants: or less commonly outdoors \ ˈau̇t-​ˌdȯrz How to pronounce outdoor (audio) , 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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Examples of outdoor in a Sentence

an outdoor picnic is always at the mercy of the weather, of course
Recent Examples on the Web And, to round out the look, the perfect indoor and outdoor slippers from Moroccan brand Zyne. Tonne Goodman, Vogue, "Then and Now With Tonne Goodman—Smart Updates for More Sustainable Stay-at-Home Style," 4 Jan. 2021 Both indoor and outdoor private gatherings are banned as part of Quebec’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to CTV News. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Police in Canada make New Year’s Eve arrests after confrontation over private gathering," 2 Jan. 2021 Under the tougher regulations, which are in place until mid-January, all indoor and outdoor gatherings are banned, the nationwide curfew has been extended from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and alcohol sales are banned. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "New Year is greeted in muted fashion as leaders warn, Covid loves a crowd," 31 Dec. 2020 In New York, indoor and outdoor gathers are limited to no more than 10 people, according to the state's website. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "Vybe Together app, meant to promote parties despite Covid, has been taken down," 30 Dec. 2020 Social media hecklers were sniping about his ban on indoor and outdoor dining, his four-inch Afro and a pre-Christmas shopping trip to a suburban Target. Washington Post, "Baltimore’s new, young mayor says he will chart his own path for battered city," 30 Dec. 2020 The wearing of face masks will be mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public places. Michael Cohen, Bloomberg.com, "How South Africa’s New Virus Restrictions Will Affect Business," 29 Dec. 2020 Concerts, both indoor and outdoor, such as at Tinley Park’s amphitheater, and summer festivals that would typically draw thousands of people had to be called off. Mike Nolan, chicagotribune.com, "COVID-19 pandemic upended daily life in south, southwest suburbs in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Its website says the restaurant is closed on New Year’s Eve and that both indoor and outdoor dining were unavailable. Fox News, "Beverly Hills restaurant caught planning 'discrete' New Year's dinner amid dining ban," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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9 Jan 2021

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“Outdoor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outdoor. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outdoor

: done, used, or located outside a building


out·​door | \ ˈau̇t-ˌdȯr How to pronounce outdoor (audio) \

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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