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courtyard

[kawrt-yahrd, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌyɑrd, ˈkoʊrt-/
noun
1.
a court open to the sky, especially one enclosed on all four sides.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; court + yard2
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  • Originally there were two courtyards inside and residential buildings against the walls.
British Dictionary definitions for courtyards

courtyard

/ˈkɔːtˌjɑːd/
noun
1.
an open area of ground surrounded by walls or buildings; court
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Word Origin and History for courtyards

courtyard

n.

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

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