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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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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Revenue from denim sales dipped in its latest quarter while sales of outdoor and activewear surged 25 percent. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "US stocks rise as technology and health care firms lead," 13 Aug. 2018 Also the stage is outdoor and the seating is basically bring your own. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, "First Folio updates Shakespeare classic with 'Shrew'd'," 18 June 2018 The family accidentally photobombed two stars from MTV's reality series Ex on the Beach during an outdoor boxing session, according to Us Weekly. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Accidentally Photobombed a Beach Workout Session," 10 Apr. 2019 An outdoor terrace will provide a space for enjoying drinks in the warmer months. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Thomas Keller's New Hudson Yards Restaurant, TAK Room," 1 Apr. 2019 The Popular Mechanics editors head to the Outdoor Retailer show to learn about the newest and most innovative outdoor gear that's heading to market. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Catch Us Tonight in a New TV Special About the Very Best in Outdoor Gear," 31 Mar. 2019 Photo: Sergio Flores/Bloomberg News His company makes high-end outdoor gear originally designed for rugged fishermen or hunters but increasingly popular among college kids and suburbanites. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "‘Made in China’ Was Once the Easy Answer. Not Anymore.," 18 Jan. 2019 The story certainly plays up the distant, forbidding Alaskan setting, where the sun sets at 3:30PM, the temperatures are lethal, and Medora regards Russell’s ordinary outdoor survival gear with something between contempt and pity. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Hold the Dark throws Jeffrey Wright to the wolves," 28 Sep. 2018 The website for national outdoor-gear retailer Cabela’s Inc. features a section devoted to AR-15 parts and accessories, listing more than 190 items. Fortune, "Why Gunmakers Would Rather Sell AR-15s Than Handguns," 20 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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15 May 2019

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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 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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a strong desire or propensity

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