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 Yelpers praised its cheese selection and outdoor patio. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 19 Jan. 2022 The plans are to provide additional staff space by enlarging the nurse stations in both clinics as well as create a larger staff lounge with an outdoor patio. Linda Girardi, chicagotribune.com, 18 Jan. 2022 Its expansive outdoor patio at the Royal Poinciana Plaza is buzzing with a stylish crowd from breakfast through dinner. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 12 Jan. 2022 The North San Diego Business Chamber hosts its first Regional Connect networking event of the year at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the outdoor patio of The Grille at Maderas Golf Club, 17750 Old Coach Road in Poway. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Jan. 2022 The 7-story hotel consists of 123 Hampton Inn rooms and 108 Homewood suite rooms, and 11,000 square feet of event space, including an outdoor rooftop patio. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Jan. 2022 The 5,500 square-foot restaurant opened Dec. 30 with an outdoor patio in the former Mellow Mushroom location. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, 6 Jan. 2022 The Edison, which received city approvals in August and September, features an indoor parking structure, a second-floor outdoor patio deck for residents, and 15,600 square feet of commercial space on two levels. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Jan. 2022 With an outdoor, dog-friendly patio just begging for visitors and a good location in Denver's LoHi (Lower Highlands) neighborhood, Denver Beer Co. is the place to be when the sun is out and the weather is warm. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 31 Dec. 2021

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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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21 Jan 2022

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“Outdoor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outdoor. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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