courtyard

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

noun

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

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. courtroom,
  2. courtship,
  3. courtship display,
  4. courtside,
  5. courturier,
  6. couru,
  7. couscous,
  8. cousin,
  9. cousin jack,
  10. cousin, victor

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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Word Origin and History for courtyard

courtyard

n.

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

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