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 No region was better suited for outdoor music events than Southern California, with its nearly year-round warm weather and customer base of tens of millions of people. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "KAABOO Festival Was Almost Canceled, So Why Are the Founders Suing the Man Who Saved It?," 22 Nov. 2019 Keenan-Bolger will be at Tuesday's lunchtime outdoor event, which the public is invited to attend. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'To Kill a Mockingbird' Tony winner to be honored with Celia Keenan-Bolger Day in Detroit," 11 Nov. 2019 The small to-go restaurant will feature about eight seats and Joseph hopes to secure a permit for outdoor seating in the future. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Here are 3 new metro Phoenix restaurants for vegan and vegetarian food," 4 Nov. 2019 The restaurant is still gorgeous and full of light, and will have outdoor seating on the West Seventh Plaza when the weather warms. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Downtown St. Paul’s newest addition, The Loon, a good lunch or before-show option," 31 Oct. 2019 The spacious dining room boasts very high ceilings, open kitchen, bar, copious windows and outdoor seating too. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "VBC announces new venue and restaurant names, lineup," 29 Oct. 2019 Just next door, Chesapeake Bank donated 900 square feet of its parking lot to be used by the café for outdoor seating possibly next spring, Berardi said. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "UMBC’s OCA Mocha coffee shop in Arbutus to open Nov. 4," 24 Oct. 2019 The new City Hall — called the Charles F. Dodge City Center Pembroke Pines, which has an art museum and space for outdoor weekend events and an indoor auditorium — opened in 2017. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Thousands of new homes are helping change the face of Pembroke Pines," 17 Oct. 2019 The contradictions of the Buttigieg campaign were on display a few weeks ago in Waterloo, Iowa, when 600 Democrats huddled under rain slickers in a steady downpour to hear the Indiana mayor speak at an outdoor event. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Democrats Don’t Have a Frontrunner," 15 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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The first known use of outdoor was in 1748

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27 Nov 2019

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“Outdoor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outdoor?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=outdoo01. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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