- the area of land occupied by a dwelling and its yard and outbuildings, actually enclosed or considered as enclosed.
Origin of curtilage
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Examples from the Web for curtilage
They had been seen prowling about the curtilage of the ale-house the night before.The Yeoman Adventurer
George W. Gough
He shall also have the curtilage with the garden adjoining the hall on the north side enclosed as it is with hedges and ditches.
On the other hand, there need be no restrictions on the height or cubic contents of any building provided its curtilage be ample.The Dwelling House
George Vivian Poore
We made our curtilage here, and here we lived happy until husband died of a fever.In The Boyhood of Lincoln
Lincoln laid off his curtilage on a gentle hillock having a slope on every side.The Life Of Abraham Lincoln
Ward H. Lamon
- the enclosed area of land adjacent to a dwelling house
C14: from Old French cortillage, from cortil a little yard, from cort court
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.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper