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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
First recorded in 1545-55; court + yard2 Unabridged
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  • In the courtyard of the hospital, convalescents sat on the benches and watched for robins.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • No, he must come back again; his bundle is lying in the courtyard.

  • But there she was, drawn by Sami, just coming into the courtyard.

  • 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
  • So saying, Mr. Beaufort led the way to the courtyard at the back of the cottage.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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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