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 Ann was an avid reader, loved to walk outdoors, a social butterfly who loved to talk to people. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 11/20," 20 Nov. 2019 The agency said people in those regions should minimize time spent outdoors, especially older adults, pregnant women and people with asthma, lung or heart disease. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Live updates: Kincade Fire barrels toward Santa Rosa," 28 Oct. 2019 The lawmakers eventually chase Trump outdoors, where the 2020 Democratic candidates are dancing. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Trump's latest fight with the Squad is in a song on 'The Simpsons'," 22 Aug. 2019 She's also taken early childhood welfare as one of her main causes, often advocating for children to get outdoors, or meeting with scientists to learn about the latest research in developmental neuroscience. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wears a Summery Dress and Espadrilles to a Royal Photographic Society Workshop," 25 June 2019 Round preferred to wander outdoors, where passengers bundled up in jackets and sweater vests, an odd contrast to the palm trees, pools, and lounge chairs on deck. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Forget the Bahamas. China's Cruises Are Where It's At," 10 June 2019 Perry Homes’ new development, Southlake, is perfect for the family who loves to spend their time outdoors. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, "Tanglewood home offers amenities throughout," 20 May 2018 After each week that the bones spent outdoors, the researchers tried to remove the animal skins using tools similar to the ones that would have been available to the Qesem Cave inhabitants. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Deer Bones May Offer the Earliest Evidence of Ancient Food Storage," 11 Oct. 2019 This ceremony will be outdoors, standing, hosted by the Oceanside Fire Department. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Desmond to speak at Fallbrook 9/11 ceremony," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular in construction Research shows that spending time outdoors benefits children and adults, including improving mood, enhancing creative thinking and problem solving, promoting a conservation ethic, and improving physical fitness, the release said. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Free admission to state parks, recreation areas on day after Thanksgiving," 23 Nov. 2019 His intro song, though, is what made Olaf an endearing gem: Gad’s little dude scats and shows off some soft shoe running down his favorite stuff about what to do outdoors in summer months, blissfully unaware of what happens to a snowman in the heat. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Ranked: All the 'Frozen' movie songs, from 'Let It Go' to 'Into the Unknown'," 22 Nov. 2019 This is a fine time to spend time outdoors and enjoy the seasonal changes. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Pelosi claims trade deal shows progress on drug issues; Novartis suffers another trial setback," 1 Nov. 2019 For best viewing, plan to spend at least an hour outdoors. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "The Orionid meteor shower peaks soon. Here's how to see it," 17 Oct. 2019 During the winter, the cold weather outdoors strips the skin of its moisture. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Dr. Michelle Henry Talks How To Treat Underarm Hyperpigmentation, Milia And More," 16 Oct. 2019 During the summer, Plaine was an outdoors kid who spent his time water-skiing, swimming and fishing. Chrissie Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Austin Plaine took a shot at stardom by moving to Nashville. How’s that going for him?," 10 Oct. 2019 Golf fans will have another place to take it inside once the outdoors season is over. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Virtual golf restaurant and bar now open in Minneapolis North Loop," 7 Oct. 2019 The photo in question has J. Lo striking a pose outdoors in her latest combination of sleek gym attire. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Jennifer Lopez Sports Niyama Sol Leggings in Bold Gym Look Posted by Fiancé Alex Rodriguez," 20 Sep. 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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Last Updated

28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Outdoors.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outdoors?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=outdoo02. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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