court yard

courtyard

[kawrt-yahrd, kohrt-]
noun
a court open to the sky, especially one enclosed on all four sides.

Origin:
1545–55; court + yard2

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courtyard (ˈkɔːtˌjɑːd)
 
n
an open area of ground surrounded by walls or buildings; court

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courtyard
1550s, from court + yard (1).
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