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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Example sentences
The outside courtyard has two talking circles and a full basketball court.
When your courtyard twists, do not pour the water abroad.
First, there grew up in the courtyard an olive tree.
And afterward she put on his lion's skin, and went about in the courtyard
  dragging the heavy club after her.
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