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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And Nikki Beach, the glitzy beach club that's been an island mainstay since 2002, officially reopened Easter weekend with a new and improved outdoor restaurant, sushi bar, boutique, and beachfront area. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How St. Barth's Survived the Devastating Hurricanes of 2017," 10 July 2018 The single-room structures also offer full-size beds and lighting, with outdoor seating areas and fire pits. Diane Daniel, BostonGlobe.com, "More ways to camp in style at Sandy Pines," 10 July 2018 The home also has a finished basement, complete with a projector movie screen and full bar, along with a covered patio and outdoor dining area overlooking a fire pit and large willow tree in the backyard. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: This six-bedroom home in Carmel's West Clay could be yours for $950,000," 6 July 2018 Planting flowers will add a splash of color and will also provide the finishing touches for a beautiful outdoor area. Melissa Rolland, courant.com, "Making Your Backyard Better," 2 July 2018 This option would include a zip line, climbing structures, a butterfly exhibit, outdoor children's garden and full-size restaurant. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Decision time is quickly approaching for the future of the leaking, aging Mitchell Park Domes," 25 June 2018 Upstairs holds a cozy, pub-like spot, along with an outdoor deck overlooking one of Mt. Washington’s village-y streets. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Mt. Washington Tavern maintains its appeal with vibrant food, lively spaces," 14 June 2018 Two Light's amenity level boasts an outdoor deck called the Belvedere. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "No vacancy: This historic downtown KC hotel has 'micro' apartments for $525 a month," 14 June 2018 But instead of avoiding every sports bar, outdoor restaurant, and weekend barbecue for the next month, why not find a reason to try and actually enjoy the games this summer? Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "15 Very Attractive Reasons to Watch the 2018 World Cup," 13 June 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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Phrases Related to outdoor

the outdoors

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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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