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

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 Traditionally the observance is held outdoors but had to be moved inside due to temperatures in the 20s. Lisa Cisneros, chicagotribune.com, "Franklin Park adds nine names to its Veterans Memorial at ceremonies Monday," 12 Nov. 2019 Fire up the grill (but keep it outdoors) and use up cuts of steak or chicken, fresh herbs and vegetables. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "PG&E outage: Freezer and refrigerator tips during and after a power shutoff," 10 Oct. 2019 Keep the heat outdoors, keep food simple, keep effort to a minimum. Bryn Mooth, Cincinnati.com, "Cooking with gas: Up your outdoor cooking game just in time for summer," 14 June 2018 For nearly half of his life, John Sears has lived outdoors under the stars, traveling the Western U.S. with a trio of pack mules to promote the free and unfettered use of public lands and roadways. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Traveler reunited with stolen mule in Escondido," 26 Feb. 2018 As parents counseled patience outdoors, children took charge inside. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "‘Now that looks fun, doesn’t it?’ Thousands of D.C. children get glad tidings — and gifts," 21 Dec. 2019 But on those frequencies of 24GHz and up, signals struggle to reach more than a thousand feet outdoors. Rob Pegoraro, Ars Technica, "Can 5G replace everybody’s home broadband?," 11 Dec. 2019 With the court slightly larger than a badminton court, the net is slightly lower than a tennis net, and the game can be played indoors or outdoors. Shiela Johnson, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Pickleball tournament in Hampstead raises thousands for Friends of Disabled Veterans," 4 Nov. 2019 The ofrenda was set up in the Student Union this week, an area with lots of traffic from the campus community, before moving outdoors on Friday. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Dia de los Muertos: Ofrenda takes center stage at Phoenix College," 1 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction The dawning of any single day in the outdoors is a gift. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best F&S Stories of 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 His interest in the outdoors led him to follow a life close to nature. courant.com, "Arthur F. Hourihan," 11 Nov. 2019 This incident is a good reminder to all people recreating in the outdoors to plan appropriately when hiking. BostonGlobe.com, "Two Mass. hikers rescued from White Mountains after getting lost without compass or map - The Boston Globe," 29 Oct. 2019 The outage put my point of view as an outdoors person to the test. Anchorage Daily News, "Can an outdoorswoman survive a three-day power outage?," 21 Dec. 2019 The silence of the outdoors was helping me consider what was actually important—not hindering me from it. Laura Delarato, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Renting an Isolated Cabin Forced Me to Appreciate Silence," 11 Dec. 2019 More time spent outdoors appears to ward off the need for glasses. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "The number of nearsighted kids is soaring — and the reason why may not be what you think," 2 Dec. 2019 Public consumption outdoors and driving under the influence are forbidden. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "What you need to know as recreational marijuana sales begin in Michigan," 1 Dec. 2019 Anne loved the outdoors and spent many hours fishing, boating, exploring parks, and traveling with family and close friends. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 12/10," 10 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'outdoors.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Outdoors.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outdoors. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce outdoors (audio)

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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What made you want to look up outdoors? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to insert between existing elements

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