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[kawrt-yahrd, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌyɑrd, ˈkoʊrt-/
a court open to the sky, especially one enclosed on all four sides.
Origin of courtyard
1545-55; court + yard2 Unabridged
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  • Down the passage they sped at the double, and out into the courtyard.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • No, he must come back again; his bundle is lying in the courtyard.

  • Sir Daniel was still roaring the name of Joanna from the courtyard.

    The Black Arrow Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Also, he said that he had two fine mules in the courtyard, and Castell went out to look at them.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • The attack on the door ceased instantly, but a desperate struggle raged in the courtyard.

    Redskin and Cow-Boy G. A. (George Alfred) Henty
British Dictionary definitions for courtyard


an open area of ground surrounded by walls or buildings; court
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Word Origin and History for courtyard

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

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