courtyard

[ kawrt-yahrd, kohrt- ]
/ ˈkɔrtˌyɑrd, ˈkoʊrt- /

noun

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

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Origin of courtyard

First recorded in 1545–55; court + yard2
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British Dictionary definitions for courtyard

courtyard
/ (ˈkɔːtˌjɑːd) /

noun

an open area of ground surrounded by walls or buildings; court
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