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[kur-tl-ij] /ˈkɜr tl ɪdʒ/
noun, Law.
the area of land occupied by a dwelling and its yard and outbuildings, actually enclosed or considered as enclosed.
Origin of curtilage
1250-1300; Middle English courtelage < Anglo-French; Old French cortillage, equivalent to cortil yard (cort court + -il diminutive suffix) + -age -age Unabridged
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Examples from the web for curtilage
  • curtilage is a property based concept, and remains important in evaluating privacy interests.
  • Please see the attached survey map of the curtilage area.
  • They therefore entered the curtilage of the house without a warrant.
  • We reject that contention because a public street can never fall within a home's curtilage.
  • The evidence clearly established that the camper trailer was located within the curtilage of the property.
British Dictionary definitions for curtilage


the enclosed area of land adjacent to a dwelling house
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cortillage, from cortil a little yard, from cortcourt
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Word Origin and History for curtilage

early 14c., from Anglo-French curtilage, from Old French cortil "little court, walled garden, yard," from Medieval Latin cortile "court, yard," from Latin cortis (see court (n.)).

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