[kawrt-yahrd, kohrt-]


a court open to the sky, especially one enclosed on all four sides.

Origin of courtyard

First recorded in 1545–55; court + yard2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for courtyard

lawn, yard, patio

Examples from the Web for courtyard

Contemporary Examples of courtyard

Historical Examples of courtyard

  • In the courtyard of the hospital, convalescents sat on the benches and watched for robins.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

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

  • No, he must come back again; his bundle is lying in 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper