out·​door | \ ˈau̇t-ˌdȯr How to pronounce outdoor (audio) , ˈau̇t-ˈdȯr\
variants: or less commonly outdoors \ ˈau̇t-​ˌdȯrz How to pronounce outdoors (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 The Youth Leaders have planned 24 hours of fun, including indoor and outdoor games, movies, ceramic painting, a guest speaker, meals, snacks and so much more. Susan Harrison, baltimoresun.com, "Hair Station owner cuts back but is still styling; last day for Food Truck Fridays in Elkridge this week," 7 Nov. 2019 Cindy enjoys a variety of indoor and outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, skating, cycling, and distance running. SELF, "How We Chose the 2019 SELF Fitness Award Winners," 5 Nov. 2019 Indoor and outdoor hot spring pools and bathing areas separated by gender at the end of a road at Mount Tokachidake. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "For skiers on this Japanese island, a perfect pairing of hot and cold," 1 Nov. 2019 The cross country championship follows 2019 regional titles in indoor and outdoor track. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Strongsville Rotary forum to address human trafficking: Strong Points," 1 Nov. 2019 Four indoor and outdoor year-round pools, both leisure and lap pools. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa to open in 2020 in Cinco Ranch," 31 Oct. 2019 The Eagan development’s anchor, Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, is a sparkling, 277,000-square-foot headquarters and indoor and outdoor practice facility for the team that opened in March 2018. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Vikings owners set to build first apartments at Eagan campus," 16 Oct. 2019 Find both indoor and outdoor items at incredible prices. CNN Underscored, "Columbus Day: Your A-Z guide to all the sales and deals," 14 Oct. 2019 For indoor and outdoor floors, Zak used basalt: a dark gray, hard-wearing lava stone native to Hawaii. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Tour a Minimalist's Dream Vacation House in Hawaii," 14 Oct. 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of outdoor was in 1748

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How to pronounce outdoor (audio)

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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