out·​doors | \ ˌau̇t-ˈdȯrz How to pronounce outdoors (audio) , ˈau̇t-ˈdȯrz \

Definition of outdoors

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: outside a building : in or into the open air


noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Definition of outdoors (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place or location away from the confines of a building
2 : the world away from human habitations

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Synonyms & Antonyms for outdoors

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of outdoors in a Sentence

Adverb The game is meant to be played outdoors. He worked outdoors all afternoon. I went outdoors for some fresh air.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Wyatt added that breakout events were held outdoors, with mask usage and social distancing. Washington Post, "Rising coronavirus cases at U-Va., VMI and other Virginia colleges spark worry, lead to changes," 20 Feb. 2021 Although Carroll County Public Schools recently announced graduation ceremonies will be held outdoors, it was also announced that proms would be canceled. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Parents plan activities for high school seniors who ‘missed out on so many milestones’," 20 Feb. 2021 This year her Christmas event was held outdoors, without the usual tree, Santa or Christmas program. al, "For some children in one Black Belt county, this may be their only gift," 25 Dec. 2020 The swearing in of the the 400-member House and 24-member Senate was held outdoors at the University of New Hampshire because of the pandemic. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Speaker’s death, concert memorial, open playgrounds: News from around our 50 states," 12 Dec. 2020 Tree sellers, which mostly do sales outdoors, are allowed to continue operating during the stay-at-home orders covering five Bay Area counties. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Dec. 4-9," 10 Dec. 2020 The swearing-in of the 400-member House and 24-member Senate was held outdoors at the University of New Hampshire because of the coronavirus pandemic. CBS News, "The New Hampshire House speaker was sworn in last week. He died Wednesday of COVID-19.," 10 Dec. 2020 But in England, the government allowed theatrical performances to restart, though only if they were held outdoors, with everyone — onstage and off — keeping a distance of about six feet from each other. Alex Marshall, New York Times, "‘Six’ Tries to Get Back Onstage. Again, and Again, and Again.," 9 Dec. 2020 Officials in Los Angeles have gone further, strongly urging Angelenos not to have Thanksgiving with anyone outside their household, even if the meal is held outdoors. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: A harm-reduction approach to Thanksgiving," 25 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction But those feelings of uplift are magnified during the pandemic, when so many people are seeking respite in the outdoors. New York Times, "Twitter Is Turning Birds Into Celebrities and Birders Against One Another," 15 Feb. 2021 The flames of Cataldo’s passion for the outdoors were fanned at an early age by tales of his elders. Bob Humphrey, Outdoor Life, "Maine’s Mystery Buck: The Obscure Tale of Maine’s 110-Year-Old, Non-Typical Record Whitetail," 11 Jan. 2021 Look for an even stronger emphasis moving forward on building designs, floor plans and amenities that help bring in the outdoors. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Real estate predictions for 2021: Eviction crisis on the horizon while suburban shift and ‘Zoom rooms’ trend for homebuyers," 28 Dec. 2020 And access to outdoors and activities will be essential to many. Dallas News, "Firm’s founder focuses on people," 10 Jan. 2021 Scott Lucas, the statewide search and rescue coordinator for Oregon, said rescue crews received a higher volume of calls this year, many from people who were unprepared for the outdoors. oregonlive, "Rise of the rookie hikers: The pandemic pushed a new wave of people outside, for better or worse," 29 Dec. 2020 As has been the case throughout the country, the appeal of the outdoors has surged as citizens thrust into a life sans typical amenities rush to find new sources of stimulation. Sunset Magazine, "How California’s Stay-at-Home Order Is Impacting the State’s National Park Access," 8 Dec. 2020 The library offers five of them digitally, including: Flying; Plane & Pilot; Aero Magazine; Aero Magazine American Latina; and Aero Magazine International, and many others that focus on the outdoors. Chris Smith | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Download or listen to music free through the Jefferson Library's Freegal program," 1 Dec. 2020 What’s more, researchers found that being in nature and experiencing tranquil sounds of the outdoors can also lower blood pressure, bringing down stress levels and calm the body’s fight-or-flight response. Jeanette Settembre, Fox News, "Veterans, Gold Star families and fifth graders will get free access to national parks," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of outdoors


circa 1729, in the meaning defined above

Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outdoors was circa 1729

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27 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Outdoors.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outdoors. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outdoors

: outside a building : not inside a building


out·​doors | \ au̇t-ˈdȯrz How to pronounce outdoors (audio) \

Kids Definition of outdoors

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: outside a building : in or into the open air She likes to play outdoors.



Kids Definition of outdoors (Entry 2 of 2)

: the open air

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