out·doors | \ ˌau̇t-ˈdȯrz , 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

alfresco, out, outside

Synonyms: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

nature, open, open air, out-of-doors, wild, wilderness

Antonyms: Adverb


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Examples of outdoors in a Sentence


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

Several of the essays center on Hodson’s feelings about the objectification and commodification of her body — while modeling, while running outdoors and while working at FedEx, where a customer ogled her daily. Maddie Crum, The Seattle Times, "What is a woman’s body worth in America?," 25 June 2018 The extra late-night service will accommodate fans attending a viewing party at Capital One Arena, along with festivities outdoors, along with others out watching the action at parties around the District, Metro said. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Metro to remain open an extra hour for Stanley Cup game 5 — an away game," 6 June 2018 Though Chicago's temperatures may be taking us all on a reluctant rollercoaster ride, the month of May is made for readjusting to life outdoors and, of course, switching from hot caffeinated beverages to refreshing iced varieties. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Channel your summer zen with free iced tea on Friday," 22 May 2017 Since smoking was outlawed inside public spaces in 2007, smokers have had to light up outdoors, though some venues allow smokers to indulge in their habit inside after officially closing for the day. Elena Berton, USA TODAY, "The French still love their cigarettes. But the once chic image is going up in smoke," 2 July 2018 Light only one firework at a time - always outdoors - in a clear and open space. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "Your guide to celebrating a midweek Fourth of July," 2 July 2018 Sensitive groups, such as children, the elderly, or those with chronic lung conditions, should limit their time outdoors. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville had worst air quality in country last weekend," 21 June 2018 Come summer, New York’s great musical institutions rush outdoors to prove their democratic credentials. The New Yorker, "The Metropolitan Opera Takes to the Parks," 15 June 2018 Tom Stienstra is outdoors writer for The San Francisco Chronicle. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Soon to turn 90, ‘Wacky Jacky’ captain extends her own long salmon run," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction

Christopher Reynolds Born and raised in California, Christopher Reynolds has written about travel, the outdoors, arts and culture for the Los Angeles Times since 1990. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Rockers, punks and cowboys find a rowdy haven at Cain's in Tulsa, Okla.," 14 June 2018 Preston 10, is a lover of the great outdoors — fishing, exploring and collecting Pokémon are his favorites. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "5 Siblings in Viral Wanted Ad Beg the World: "Adopt Us Together!"," 14 Mar. 2017 The brothers originally considered turning one large corner of the space into a rooftop terrace for outdoor dining, but eventually chose to bring the outdoors indoors during the season. Bruce Ingram, Naperville Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Santo Cielo in Naperville," 7 July 2018 Whether those findings apply to sitting at a desk outdoors might merit further study. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "L.L. Bean will bring freedom for the desk-bound to Madison with outdoor workspace," 6 July 2018 Get cozy around the campfire with this outdoors-chic, alpaca-synthetic-blend blanket that’s durable and machine-washable. Sara Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "7 fun additions for your camping kit," 2 July 2018 For the communities located at the entrance to national parks—like Estes Park, Colorado, or Whitefish, Montana—the 2017 report confirms what any local will tell you: Playing outdoors is big business. Megan Barber, Curbed, "National parks generated $35 billion in 2017," 7 May 2018 To Evon Peter, a Neetsaii Gwich’in and Koyukon from Arctic Village and vice chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the outdoors is home. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, "Sacred Native American Sites Are Not Your Playgrounds," 5 July 2018 People are urged to avoid spending too much time outdoors and to drink plenty of water. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Dangerous, prolonged heat expected in Kansas City metro area into the weekend," 28 June 2018

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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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Phrases Related to outdoors

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The first known use of outdoors was circa 1729

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English Language Learners Definition of outdoors

: outside a building : not inside a building


out·doors | \ au̇t-ˈdȯrz \

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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a magnificent or impressive array

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