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out·​doors ˌau̇t-ˈdȯrz How to pronounce outdoors (audio)
: outside a building : in or into the open air
I went outdoors for some fresh air.
a game that is meant to be played outdoors


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plural in form but singular in construction
: a place or location away from the confines of a building
Trees surround the home, blurring the lines between outdoors and indoors.Dawn Hammon
usually used with the
let in fresh air from the outdoors
: the natural world : the places outside of areas developed by humans
… those delighting in the wonders of outdoors.Marina Brown
usually used with the
a lover of the outdoors
… skiers in Maine can glory in the pleasures of the great outdoors—the ski areas are surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state.Down East


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: outdoor
… stands displaying equipment and clothing covering a wide spectrum of outdoors pursuits.Clive Tully

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
This dense, 24-inch wreath can be used both indoors and outdoors to add a glow to your Christmas display. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 28 Nov. 2023 In the photo, the newlyweds sat next to one another on a sofa outdoors, with floral arrangements surrounding the furniture. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2023 Here’s how to stay active outdoors during Pacific Standard Time. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Guests can also grill outdoors at the Finger Lakes Treehouse’s communal charcoal grill or hang in the seating area along the water. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 28 Nov. 2023 These plants grow naturally outdoors shaded by a canopy of leaves. Janet B. Carson, arkansasonline.com, 20 Nov. 2023 Get outdoors: Seasonal depression is a type of depression that happens every year during a specific season, usually winter. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 17 Nov. 2023 Decorate trees, eaves, porches, and more with these lights that are dustproof, durable, and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 The kit comes with cutlery as well as chef’s knives for every occasion, and is made with sustainable handle materials that are ergonomic, balanced, and rugged enough to be used outdoors. Sunset Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023
In this family-friendly community, kids ride their bikes and families enjoy the outdoors by visiting the area’s parks and trails. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2023 Big South Fork Scenic Railway Location: Stearns, Kentucky Explore the great outdoors from the comfort of a railcar with a trip on the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, which is owned and run by the McCreary County Heritage Foundation. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 25 Sep. 2023 Spivey, a longtime outdoors enthusiast, also discusses growing up in Rogers and how those years shaped his love of sport. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, 22 Sep. 2023 Like many residents, easy access to the outdoors is one reason she’s made the Kenai Peninsula her home. Seward Hospitality, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Aug. 2023 Extend the aesthetic outdoors by featuring tomato plants, citrus trees, and other fruits and veggies in your garden. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 July 2023 The poor air quality is leading to at outdoors event being canceled in the Milwaukee area and health departments urging people to take caution. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2023 But Roosa had brought a bit of the outdoors with him. John Kelly, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023 The Kylie Skin founder has been enjoying the great outdoors with her two children, Stormi, 5, and Aire, 17 months. Celeste McCauley, Peoplemag, 16 Sep. 2023
But, lovers of the outdoors and long days don’t have to throw up their arms in defeat. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Her brother Terry was the Tampa Bay Times’ outdoors editor for more than 25 years Susan isn’t the only sibling to master their craft — as her brother Terry was a prolific journalist. Emily Weaver, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2023 Our waterfront is programmed with seasonal activities that will keep you enjoying the outdoors all year round. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 30 Oct. 2023 The security camera mics probably recorded sounds from outdoors, other rooms and the adjacent unit. Barry Markovsky, Discover Magazine, 29 Oct. 2023 While here, kids can also brush up their compass navigation skills, learn to map the stars, identify animal tracks, prevent fires and other outdoors skills from a seasoned Rocky Mountain guide. FALL QUIZ! Perri Ormont Blumberg Fox News, Fox News, 17 Oct. 2023 Editor’s note: The Wild is all about featuring a variety of exciting voices from SoCal’s outdoors scene. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2023 In one of the home’s three bedrooms, an entire bedroom wall unfolds to the outdoors, similar to a drawbridge at the entrance of a castle. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 3 Sep. 2023 During her rotation, Seidman will write The Wild newsletter and also report on outdoors experiences. Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1729, in the meaning defined above


1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outdoors was circa 1729

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Cite this Entry

“Outdoors.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outdoors. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adverb
out·​doors (ˈ)au̇t-ˈdō(ə)rz How to pronounce outdoors (audio)
: outside a building : in or into the open air


2 of 2 noun
: a place away from or outside a building
: the world away from human dwellings

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