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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for courtyard
  • 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.
  • The outdoor courtyard provides an intimate environment with great art and refreshments.
  • From the street, it's lumpen, but its core is a large courtyard with fountains and a lovely garden.
  • Students loitered in groups in the main courtyard, bulky scarves wound elegantly around their necks.
  • He leads me across a courtyard rimmed with eucalyptus trees, into a building of chemistry labs.
  • There the father grabbed the leader's two sons, aged eight and ten, and hurled them down the courtyard well.
  • The best town houses have four floors, with a courtyard below and a roof garden to catch the ocean breeze.
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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